Lee To Warriors In Sign And Trade

From ESPN:

New York Knicks forward David Lee got some good news, once LeBron James announced his intention to join the Miami Heat.

Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN.com that Lee had agreed to a sign-and-trade worth $80 million dollars over six years with the Golden State Warriors.

The deal will send Lee to the Warriors for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike among others.

Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has coveted Randolph for years and feels he’d give the team another long, athletic forward to pair with Amare Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt.

Now this is really a surprise.  It must be the money and being in California, probably near his girlfriend, because for Lee to voluntarily go to another dysfunctional organization makes no sense.  I would have loved for him to stay in the area and play for the Nets since it was unlikely he would remain a Knick.  David Lee with Don Nelson for an average of $13 Million per year?  He’s making more money than most Knicks fans thought he was worth.  Most of us (not me) claimed that last year he should have gotten around $9 million.  My feeling is that he was done with the Knicks (check out The Final Chapter — Exit, Stage Right, Almost No One Left: Inside the Knicks Exit Interviews 2010 and laugh a little) especially since he wasn’t able to earn that playoff bonus.  I would hope the Knicks gave it to him, since the roster, not Lee’s play, was the reason he did not make the playoffs.

Congratulations to Lee.  He was a great soldier.  However, I have a feeling that Golden State is not a good career move.  Anyway, I hope he kills it.

BTW,  has Wilson Chandler been traded?  Walsh said nothing about Randolph paired with Chandler?