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According to @legionhoopsross, the Wizards, along with the Sixers, are interested in trading for Knicks guard Courtney Lee. He averaged 12 points last season, shooting 45% from the field and 40% from three. He’s a very good 3&D player but I don’t really know how we could make a trade since he is being payed $25m over the next two years. The two players who I think we could possibly move are Austin Rivers and Ian Mahinmi because of their contracts. Do you guys want Lee in DC?
Of course my favorite Wizards/Courtney Lee connection is:
OKC is hot on the trail as well, and looking to give up ALOT. This seems like an unnecessary move from Washington, as really the only spot left needed to fill is perhaps another backup PG.
But with question marks surrounding Jodie Meeks after barely performing, is Lee a good option?
Let’s take a look:
One more year for Lee but slightly better numbers than Meeks in 3P% and PPG as well as some other areas.
The bigger question is what would the Wizards give up? Selling off Mahimni would leave an injury-prone Jason Smith to back up Dwight, likely a veteran big man contract would have to follow that move.
And as for Rivers, yes it is a huge contract, BUT he also gives the Wiz a bit of attitude and chip on the shoulder play that really only Wall and Keef bring every night. I want to keep him.
My opinion: let’s see what this group has for this season. Let OKC sell the farm for an aging Lee.