The Warriors are close to a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks for their All-Star power forward David Lee, according to multiple sources.
The Warriors would send forward Anthony Randolph — not guard Monta Ellis as previously rumored — along with a few other pieces to New York. But, like the rest of the universe, they are waiting on LeBron James.
If James announces he's decided to play anywhere but New York, the Warriors are in play for Lee. The Warriors are one of a few teams in the mix for Lee via a sign-and-trade with the Knicks. And the Warriors have an offer the Knicks favor, a team source said.
Randolph could be joined by center Ronny Turiaf or swingman Kelenna Azubuike, and an expiring contract such as forward Vladimir Radmanovic.
Golden State management, one source said, still considers it a real possibility that Lee takes a lucrative offer elsewhere, or the Knicks do a sign-and-trade with another team. But as long as James doesn't go to the Knicks, the Warriors are "in the game."
The Warriors won't offer Lee a max deal, but one source suggested Golden State's ceiling is a six-year deal starting at about $13 million. New Jersey is still an option, also the Minnesota Timberwolves — who Lee visited earlier this month and was reportedly impressed.
The news that free agent forward Carlos Boozer signed a five-year, $80 million deal with Chicago helps the Warriors' bid because it eliminates a
Golden State management is salivating over the possibility of adding Lee to a starting lineup featuring a backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Not to mention center Andris BIedrins, who the Warriors hope shakes off a disappointing season.
Once of the sources is convinced that the Warriors can pull the trigger on a lucrative deal for Lee despite the pending sale of the franchise. The reason? They will still be under the luxury tax, as adding Lee would be akin to keeping forward Corey Maggette's contract and giving him a raise, and adding an All-Star boosts the on-court product.