Is David Lee Worth $80 Million?

January 15th, 2011 by Khalid Shakran Leave a reply »
After acquiring forward David Lee in a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks in exchange for Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and a 2012 second round pick on July 9 2010, and awarding him an $80 million deal over six years, Golden State Warriors' management consistently used the term "All-Star" to characterize the kind of deal they had landed.

It's a classic public relations move by the Warriors to hype up the fan base for such a signing. In reality, however, Lee replaced Allen Iverson due to personal issues on the East All-Star roster in the 2009-2010 season campaign.

In effect, "David Lee was the all-star that isn't," as Kelly Dower wrote on his Ball Don't Lie Blog on Yahoo! Sports.

“David Lee is a terrific basketball player and an All-Star,” said Warriors’ General Manager Larry Riley on July 9, 2010.

While the Warriors management were routinely throwing out the All-Star label beside Lee's name, the former New York Knicks forward did not initially get the All-Star nod, despite averaging stellar averages of 19.4 PPG and 11.4 rebounds last season. The Knicks, at that point during the All-Star w ...

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