Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group is reporting that the Golden State Warriors will dangle forward David Lee in trades to help facilitate a trade for Timberwolves star kevin Love.
According to the report, if the Warriors are unable to land Love, plan b could be to make an all out push for the services of Carmelo Anthony.
Lee could in essence be a one-year rental for the Magic. After next season, he becomes a chunky expiring contract Orlando could use. At most, two years of that $15M+ salary is probably something Orlando would swallow if it means it can book 18 and 10 every night.
Afflalo factors in if the Warriors have to move Klay Thompson. If Minnesota doesn’t want Lee and the Warriors have to put together a package centered on Thompson (say Thompson, Barnes and Speights), the Warriors could be fine with that if they can send Lee to Orlando and come away with Afflalo to replace Thompson. If Love goes elsewhere, which is likely, the Warriors could package Lee and Thompson to get someone like Carmelo Anthony, then try to pull off a separate deal to get Afflalo. He plays both ends and he can shoot the 3. Plus, Love and GM Bob Myers would welcome another Bruin to the mix.
The summer is about to heat up for sure, but this sounds more like wishful thinking for a front office taking some heat for their coaching moves.