Thursday, July 8, 2010


I can't say that I'm happy with this trade considering I'm a big Anthony Randolph fan, but I understand the motivation. It's a gamble to take the known, very good player in Lee over the unknown, potential star in Randolph, but the trade is starting to grow on me the more I think about it. We may get burned badly if Randolph turns out to be a star that can play both ways, but at least the Warriors get an All-Star in return, though at a fairly steep price. A detailed evaluation of the trade will be posted later, but for now, here is how the Warriors Financials look with Lee's estimated new contract of $80M over 6 years.

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C.J. Watson and Morrow are restricted free agents, so their salaries are in flux. I would guess that they would match most deals for Morrow. As for Watson, they may let him go if the price is too high. It's also my hope that they are not done trading and that they will try to land a young star small forward that can defend - someone in the mold of Trevor Ariza or my dream acquisition, Andre Iguodala. If the Sixers love the newly drafted Evan Turner, they may be willing to trade Iguodala in order to cut payroll and gain cap flexibility.

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