Golden State Warriors: 3 Trades They Should Explore to Free Up Cap Space

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David Lee for Anyone Cheaper

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) hugs Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) after Spurs win over the Warriors for game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 94-82 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This is an unlikely trade, as Warriors owner Joe Lacob has a liking towards the All-Star forward, but it would undoubtedly save cap space and not lose a too-essential piece of the Warriors’ puzzle.

Lee is on a $13 million contract next year, with an additional two years on a $14 million contract. The importance of his role in the lineup has been the subject of much discussion lately. The Warriors were able to defeat the Denver Nuggets and go to six games with the San Antonio Spurs without him. Lee’s absence gave more shots to Stephen Curry, gave rookie Harrison Barnes a chance to demonstrate his worth at the power forward and allowed Draymond Green to display his defensive talents.

Though with the chance that Jarrett Jack will no longer be a part of the team next year, it will be hard for the Warriors to replicate the same lineup that proved so effective without Lee, so they may need him more next year.

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