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?

Tags: David Lee Golden State Warriors Toronto Raptors

  • Jon Milks

    I definitely see this trade benefitting the raptors as in my opinion this season and in the playoffs the raptors lacked a guy who they could pound the ball into in the post and be able to count on him putting points on the board. Jonas might be there next season but still is a bit raw, patterson is more of a stretch 4 and amir is a pick and role guy. Lee obviously has a different skill set than these guys and could make for a very potent front court combo with Jonas. David lee definitely has some defensive limitations that would hurt the raptors, however we would still have amir to come in and make up for these deficiencies.
    Barnes provides more size at the sf position and fits in nicely with the raptors young core.

    However looking at this from G-States point of view I just see them wanting more in return for a guy almost putting up 18-10 and a former first round pick in barnes. I just don’t see expiring contracts, a second rounder and novak getting this deal done. I’m thinking Golden state might be asking for a 1st rounder which if I’m the raptors id be hesitant to hand out.

  • Futcha

    Sorry I get that you are a Raptors fan, but come on this is a ridiculously lopsided trade. Apologies but there’s no karma coming for that Carter trade. You just suggested trading an all star for a bunch of guys who couldn’t start on a lesser team why oh why do you think Golden State would do this, the guys you suggested are the type you pick up at the end of free agency to fill your bench not ones you trade a valuable player for.

    P.S I won’t even address that you also included Harrison Barnes. SMH

  • Take it in

    That move will stop the progression of jv and clog up the lane with so many players so close to the basket Amir is still growing believe it or not working on a pick and pop game and lee grabs reboundsthat’s more straight line to the basket he is slow and not very good defensively we don’t need scoring from that position we need defence at the 3 and 5

  • Alan Craig

    Three stiffs and low draft choice for Lee/Barnes. You need to sober up.

  • RaptorExpert

    Steve Novak is not a stretch 4. This article is just the author dreaming. Horrible journalism. Back to ESPN for me.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      RaptorExpert (?):
      “Novak is not a strech 4″…? Then what is he, a point guard?
      We’re sorry you didn’t like the article.

    • Jack Moore


      It is unfortunate that you didn’t like the article. Care to explain how Novak is not a stretch four?

  • ShadowXL

    If that’s the trade package, I’d do it in a heartbeat! It’s a no-brainer! Heck, I’d even throw in Landry Fields so it’s not too lopsided!

  • Matthew

    While we are going for deals teams cant pass up. Lets send Landry Fields, Terrence Ross and a 2020 1st round pick for Lebron James. Miami gets a young version athletic freak like James and they get Landry Fields amazing contract. How can Miami pass this up?

    • Jack Moore


      I am sorry you feel this deal is lopsided. I appreciate that you read the article and gave feedback.

      You have a great day :)


      • $eany B

        This trade is laughable, Golden State would never do this trade.
        Yeah trade 3 scrubs and a pick for 2 reasonable players or even potential starters…yeah right!
        Replace 2 of those guys with Patterson and Amir Johnson and they do the trade.

  • Jensan

    Here is a more valid consideration: Salmons+ Amir Johnson+Novak+1.5 TPE from AB= David Lee + Barnes.
    Salmons is bought out for 1 million dollars. Amir is dropped in 2015/2016 opening the door for Love.

    Amir is a stretch Four with Novak and there is Cap savings of 7.5 million in year 1 and 18 million in year 2, the year Love comes out in Free Agency.
    This allows Toronto to have a more aggressive starting five and have cap room as well with the savings from Hayes and Fields.
    Golden State really wants to rid themselves of Lee and have Bogut ,Curry and Igadoula signed for the next three years. Opens the door for Love in 2015/16 cap wise, when the salary cap is to be 66 million dollars.

  • Joshua Perez

    Great article!! Let’s do this trade!!!