Monday, July 6th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  17 responses

Blazers Cautiously Wooing David Lee

Portland doesn’t want to get left at the altar all alone again: “The Blazers and the agent for Knicks forward David Lee held July 4 talks following Hedo Turkoglu’s stunning rejection of Portland’s contract offer Friday. The Blazers have interest in Lee, but still are not prepared to sign Lee, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet, fearful that the Knicks will match a proposal that would start at $9 million a year. That’s great news for Knicks president Donnie Walsh. The Blazers don’t want to be tied up for 10 days as they wait for the Knicks to decide whether to match, according to agent Mark Bartelstein. ‘If he was unrestricted, he would’ve been signed July 1,’ Bartelstein said.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Why? They have Aldridge…unless someone’s moving to the bench..

  • http://www.curtin.edu.au Declan

    He’d be killer off the bench

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    Declan has it. Great energy player to have come off the bench.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackgoodrich Jack

    $9m starting for a reserve forward, though?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Agreeing with Jukai BUT Lee may also play centre at times BECAUSE of ghostface killa’s contract expiring.

  • Riggs


  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Would David Lee “want” to come off the bench though? I mean, hasn’t he had enough of that in New York? I wouldn’t mind him at Center, but what does that say about Oden? Mr. Number 1 Draft pick..

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Nvm. If the Blazers are willing to offer enough money for a Bench player then why not. I’d take it.

  • Josh B

    Blazersedge has a good article about the possibilities of this trade:


    Hursty and Declan both have it right. He’d be coming off the bench and probably playing both power forward and center, depending on the situation.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Editor: You should alter “alter” to “altar” to alter the meaning.

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    well it’s either david lee, big baby, or milsap as their backup 4. and none deserve more than the mid-level. what sucks is they’re all restricted.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Ok. I’m going to try and post again.
    Signing Lee allows the Blazers to have a guy who can play both the 4/5 spots as a starter or superior bench player.
    This is important because Ghostface has a large salary that the Blazers will be looking to dump if they have a chance so they can re-sign Roy/Alrdidge etc to contracts. Oden is generally useless right now, and Lee gives them solid defensive presence and some offence.
    They may sign him for more than they want to, but he’s worth more than the mid-level in the larger scheme of Portland’s future.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Lee could play the 3 for Portland, Im just hoping we, I mean, they resign Outlaw. He works great for the second unit, which would probably mean moving Batum and Webster which is fine by me. Oden,Roy, and Aldridge are the future, but Outlaw and Pryzbilla are the fan favorites. I would hate to see either of them go.

  • nicko

    trade david lee for shaq!!!

  • RC the Bx

    The Knicks need to resign D. Lee, he was one of the most productive players they had last season and it would be a shame if he went elsewhere.
    How much exactly he’s worth is anyone’s guess, at this point in his career he’s worth no more than the mid level exception.
    He’s one of those players who will only get better as time goes on then he’ll get what he’s worth.
    The Knicks need to keep him, if he goes, Who will they depend on for rebounds?