Take this with however many grains of salt you like. Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that the whole Losing Hedo saga may lead to Portland going after David Lee. Quotables from the story:
“The Blazers have long lusted after Lee, who also seeks $10 million per season, exactly the amount the Blazers are under the cap. Bartlestein said because Lee is restricted, the Blazers were fearful of waiting 10 days to see if the Knicks would match and instead jumped at the surer thing in Turkoglu.”
“We had been talking, but we’ll talk now,” Lee’s agent Mark Bartlestein told The Post last night.”
Don’t get me wrong, I like David Lee. I like him a lot. Two issues. One, how on earth would Portland be able to convince him to come here knowing he will be a backup as long as LMA is around. (And all signs point to LMA being around a long, long time). Secondly, I don’t feel comfortable giving a backup $10 million dollars a year. Third, I personnally don’t like Lee for $10 million. Just like I’m still lukewarm on Hinrich because of his hefty price-tag. With Pendergraph and Cunningham on board, we should be ‘ok’ enough at the backup 4 to not have to throw $10 million dollars at David Lee if you ask me.
The article also links Nate Robinson and Portland, which kind of made my stomach a little queasy and considering all the eating I’m about to do today….I don’t need that.