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David Lee says Warriors not trying to trade him

David Lee

Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 6 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2013. San Antonio won 94-82. San Antonio won 94-82. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


The Golden State Warriors have some salary challenges coming up in the next couple years. They are at a comfortable $66 million this season (over the cap but under the tax line) and next season Andrew Bogut comes off the books (at least at $14 million a year).

However, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Andre Iguodala all make eight digits a year and in the coming couple years the Warriors are going to have to look at extensions for Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.

So Golden State has looked at moving him in the past.

But David Lee said that is not the case, speaking with Marc Berman of the New York Post (via Sulia).

“From what I’m told from our people, those are not true,’' Lee told me. “Of course in the offseason, everyone’s always available. But we’ll see what happens. Being in New York, I understand nothing is forever. Anybody is always capable of being moved anywhere. But I’m excited about the next couple of years with this team.’’

Of course the Warriors are going to look at offers. However they go into this season with high hopes after last year’s playoff run then the addition of Andre Iguodala — they think their defense is better and they are going to put up a lot of points.

Lee — a double-double machine who can get them points in the paint and rebounds — is going to be a big part of any step forward this season. While no doubt the Warriors will continue to listen to offers, don’t expect to see a deal unless it is something they really like.