Life after Lebron, or LAL, has begun almost as quickly as it ended. Reported first on Wednesday and made official after Lebron jetted his way to Miami, David Lee is now a Golden State Warrior as part of a sign and trade.
In return, the Knicks will get Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, and Kelenna Azubuike. Lee, a fan favorite, was a double – double machine who thrived even though he was playing out of position. However, the life – long Knick would have been a tough sell with Amar’e Stoudemire still on board and Lebron James somewhere else as that “other guy.” He just didn’t represent the kind of “change” that the Knicks wanted this summer to be about. Not for the kind of money that the Knicks were going to have to shell out for him.
The deal nets Lee 80 Million over six years.
Randolph is a 20 year old, 6-10 power forward who played only 33 games last season. In two injury – plaugued seasons, Randolph has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. Both his age and height are major positives for the Knicks. He is the key to this deal. Donnie Walsh loves him.
Ronny Turiaf is a center, also 6-10. He averaged just under 5 points and 5 rebounds last year.
Kelenna Azubuike is a 6-5 forward who played in only 9 games last season. He has averaged a little over 10 points a game during his four year career. His best season came in ’08-09, when he averaged 14.4 points and 5 rebounds in 74 games. That was his last healthy season.
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