Mar 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) misses a dunk as he goes up and is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Warriors 104-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Toronto Raptors Join The David Lee Sweepstakes?

Mar 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) takes a step towards the basket as he is watched by Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Warriors 104-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Lately, there has been a ton of gossip around the league surrounding David Lee and his future with the Golden State Warriors.  Right now it does not looking promising.

Although David Lee is a very good player, it is obvious he does not fit in with their current system.  As a power forward who is a back-to-the-basket type player, he does not fit the “run and gun” style the Warriors play.   New Head Coach Steve Kerr even touched on the issue saying he would like a stretch four.  Being an outsider who does not fit in, coupled with his hefty salary and injury history does not make a strong case as to why they should keep him.

Should Masai Ujiri make a run at Lee?   It is rumored that the price has dropped on Lee making him a better deal for other teams.   Lee, 31, would be a huge offensive presence for the Raptors.  He is a tremendous offensive player who could be a solid second or third option for Toronto.  Lee who averaged 18.6 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, would have a big impact on the Raptors who ranked 17th in rebounding.

January 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) and small forward Harrison Barnes (40) grab a rebound during the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

So what would a trade with the Warriors look like if we decide to trade for Lee?  How about a deal that would send David Lee and Harrison Barnes in exchange for John Salmons, Tyler Hansbrough, Steve Novak and the 20th pick?  The Warriors get the contracts of Tyler Hansbrough and John Salmons that they can buy out and save money.  They also get the stretch four that Steve Kerr is looking for in Steve Novak.  As for the Raptors, they acquire David Lee’s contract but gain the young player every basketball enthusiast raves about, Harrison Barnes.  He has an insane work ethic, great potential and athletic ability that can help him became a great player.

I think that trade would work for us and if a deal like that comes up, I don’t see how they can pass it up.

What do you think Raptors Rapture fans?  Is it a good idea for the Raptors to go after David Lee?

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