Golden State Warriors: 5 Teams That Would Pursue David Lee

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Atlanta Hawks

May 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) fouls Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) during the first half in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have little money committed for 2013-14, and this is in keeping with their desire for major free agents like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Josh Smith. If the Hawks are unable to retain Smith, and do not find a way to acquire Howard or Paul, they would potentially look to someone like Lee.

Lee would create a formidable frontcourt with Al Horford. Lee would be better (and cheaper) than Smith, and the Hawks would see immediate benefit from Lee, who averaged more points and rebounds than Smith per game this season.

Atlanta would need to part ways with Jeff Teague and someone like Louis Williams. Teauge would fit in that same niche as someone like Goran Dragic, a pass-first backup point guard who could fill the starting position in a small-ball lineup. Teague averaged 14.6 points and 7.2 assists in just 32.9 minutes of play.

Williams, on the other hand, fits into the athletic shooting guard that has been described many times in this article. Like Tyreke Evans, Ben McLemore, Eric Gordon and Jared Dudley, Williams is a great finisher at the rim, shooting 67.9 percent in that area. His three-point shooting needs work, but what better place to develop that than in tandem with the two best shooting guards in the league.