NBA Roundtable

David Lee Sign and Trade

In Free Agency, Trade Talk on July 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

The Contra Costa Times reports

Power forward David Lee is expected to become a Warrior on Friday.

According to multiple team sources, the Warriors and Knicks have agreed to a sign-and-trade, sending the All-Star power forward to the Warriors. In exchange, forward Anthony Randolph, center Ronny Turiaf and swingman Kelenna Azubuike.

The deal can’t become official until Friday because the NBA offices are closed. But Friday, the league will be notified and start the process of approving the trade.

Marcus Thompson reports

The Warriors and Lee have all but agreed in principle to a six year deal totaling about $80 million, team sources told me. At an average of about $13 million per year, Lee would become the Warriors highest-paid player. If he signs it.

LinkESPN article on the build up to the trade.

Thoughts

Golden State Warriors

Dumb ass trade

To sacrifice a talent as promising as Anthony Randolph for David Lee? Absolutely awful.

New York Knicks

Excellent move by Donnie Walsh.

Anthony Randolph is one of the brightest prospects in the NBA and he’ll be a great fit in Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo offense. To manage to steal away a prospect like Randolph in a sign and trade for a free agent of Lee’s caliber … unbelievable. Incredible acquisition.

New York also picked up Turiaf and Azubuike who will be good rotation players for the Knicks. Especially Azubuike.

David Lee

Way to get paid … enjoy losing for the rest of your career

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  1. What’s the scouting report on Randolph?

  2. Simon Says,

    On Anthony Randolph — raw player with a lot of upside. One of the best prospects in the league.

    Physical Traits — He is 6-11, very athletic, excellent quickness and speed, lot of length. Has a superb first step. Still working on adding strength/muscle to his frame but he is big enough to compete.

    Current skills — A solid scorer but lacks efficiency + very good to excellent rebounder + very poor defender + mediocre passer

    In terms of potential — A very good scorer + excellent rebounder + above average defensively + very good passing

    Other Notes

    Randolph shows good ball-handling ability and good passing/playmaking instincts but his decision making is dodgy which leads to a lot of turnovers. Similarly, his poor decision making on his shot selection leads to inefficient scoring (51% TS% over his first two years).

    Anthony Randolph needs a lot of work on the defensive side of the ball but he showed good willingness/intent to play defense in college. To go out there and grind. With coaching and some time, he’ll show a lot of improvement.

    In terms of his scoring, he shows a lot of similarity to both Chris Bosh and Andray Blatche. The Bosh comparison stems from his quick first step and his ability to beat his man off the dribble from 14-18 feet and get into the paint for either a basket or a trip to the foul line (not good enough at drawing fouls yet). The Blatche comparison is the well rounded and skilled big man arsenal, with a post game, but also the poor decisions in choosing the right weapon/shot a the right time.

    My Expectations on Development

    In terms of development, the scoring is going to come first. By next season, Randolph should be a 16-19ppg threat who scores with solid efficiency (54-55% TS%). He’ll play 30-35 minutes a night and add in another 9-12 rebounds per game in addition to his scoring. A candidate for Most Improved Player.

    The following season, Randolph will start to show real defensive improvement and become a mediocre defender (and become a bonafide all-star in the process).

    The year after that, Randolph will start to put things together defensively and have good in-roads on limiting his mistakes/bad decisions and become an All-NBA level talent. A legit 20-10 player who plays with good efficiency and plays good-to-very good defense.

  3. Thanks for the in depth response.

    In terms of his current skills: very good to excellent rebounder + very poor rebounder, Did you mean to say very poor defender?

  4. Simon Says,

    Yes = I meant to write “very poor defender”

  5. The acquisition of Randolph is a terrific move by Donnie Walsh.

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