The move for an impact big man for which Nellie has been angling for two years appears to be close to fruition. Marcus Thompson reports that the Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would send Anthony Randolph and a couple of lesser Warriors for David Lee in a sign and trade.
My initial reaction is Whoopee! I could barely believe that we might land Lee for Monta Ellis, but if we can land him while retaining Monta I believe that we are an instant playoff team, and are in for an incredibly exciting season.
I will expand on this if the trade actually goes down, but here’s a thumbnail of my feelings about Lee: An exceptional pick and roll partner for Stephen Curry, a relentless rebounder, and a very underrated defender, who I believe simply needs to be paired with a shot blocker — as opposed to being left on an island in the middle (as he was by the Knicks) — in order to become recognized as a good defender. And finally, finally, a power forward who will gladly accept the assignment to bang with the Gasols and Duncans of the league. Finally.
If the trade goes down as reported, the Warriors will still have shotblockers to pair with Lee. Biedrins and Udoh at the least. Assuming of course, that Udoh is healthy by the start of the season. (Will these ridiculous injuries ever stop?)