UPDATE: Tommy Dee at The Knicks Blog is reporting that Portland is getting aggressive in their pursuit of David Lee. They have no lack of young intriguing talent. If the Knicks swing a Lee trade, I hope Portland is involved in some way. Also, Walsh is proving his mettle, turning down the Denver deal and setting a floor on the Lee market. Any team that wants Lee will have to make a serious offer that beats Denver’s. Thanks to Virgil for pointing out Tommy Dee’s latest blog entry.
Heri made a comment on the Curry Comeback blog that I think merits some discussion. Here is what he wrote:
Lee is a stud rebounding hard worker, you can’t continue to throw good talent away in the name of 2010 like we did Zack. You trade for equal or better value, or at least a draft pick.
There was a report on ESPN.com yesterday indicating that the Nuggets offered the Knicks two first round draft picks (one of which probably belongs to the Bobcats) and Chucky Atkins for David Lee. Word is that the Knicks rejected the offer, holding out for Linas Kleiza. I’m very tempted by this deal. The Knicks are rebuilding and first round draft picks, especially when one might be a lottery pick, are hard to come by. Not sure if I’d definitely pull the trigger, but I am intrigued. Holding out for Kleiza is odd to me as well since the Knicks would have to extend him this summer if they want to keep him, just like Lee.
The other major problem with this proposed trade is that it would leave the Knicks completely devastated up front unless Curry and Gallinari are ready to contribute, which is possible.