New York Knicks: David Lee
/ Quentin Richardson
Toronto Raptors: Andrea Bargnani
/ Anthony Parker
Well 1st, before I get hazed, YES
I realize the Knicks have PF Zach Randolph
and C Eddy Curry
but, I also realize Mike D'antoni
is the new head coach. Here's the proposal which to me is a win-win
for both sides (which actually improved both teams
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Knicks receive:Andrea Bargnani
is a legit seven foot PF w/ 3 pt. range
who can stretch the defense while also providing the versatility of playing at the SF position
to allow PF Zach Randolph
and C Eddy Curry
to stay on the floor, although the downside would be giving up overall team speed. In D'antoni's offense, he would flourish moreso than Lee and would be an upgrade for that particular style of play. He has great potential in this system and all he needs is time and confidence, not to mention that in Toronto
, he and PF Chris Bosh practically
have the same skillset, only Bosh
is better as of now.
, who still can contribute would also provide some positive veteran qualities to the team, and of course his contract expires
after the 2009 season for some flexibility.
Toronto Raptors receive: David Lee
can, and will provide what it seems Bargnani
will not provide the Raptors, REBOUNDING
. Let's face it, Lee just will not get a fair
amount of time to develop in NY imo, and in D'antoni's system
, he's somewhat of a liability
since his main asset
is crashing the boards
and not shooting neccessarily. He just doesn't have the range
to flourish in that system. In Toronto
though, Lee playing along side PF Chris Bosh
would be a very nice thing, a beautiful thing since Lee doesn't command
the ball and would hustle, finish plays, as well as rebound and defend
. YES the Raps would have a "small frontcourt"
w/ neither he or Bosh being 7 ft.
but the effort would make up for lack of size.
still has some game
left but that contract
is really steep and also his injury history
makes me uncertain about him. He's an x-factor in the sense that he can score
and he can play
. His contract is worth the risk
to get David Lee
because you're getting Lee
and the Knicks sorely need to cut payroll
although they may miss
his 3pt shooting ability which is being replaced w/ Bargs
I think this would work well for both teams involved and neither team would essentially miss
the traded players
and I would give this trade
the "Thumbs Up"
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