via Yahoo Sports
The Golden State Warriors have offered David Lee in separate trade offers. Lee has been the Warriors most consistent inside player for the Warriors, but he has a large contract which they would want to replace with a shorter deal. The Warriors are a long shot for Dwight Howard, and is one of the candidates scheduled for a meeting with the star center. The Warriors want to shed cap space to be in play for 2014 or 2015 free agents. They are not considered a tanking candidate, as they have young stars (Steph Curry, Harrison Barnes) to build on.
per Yahoo Sports:
The Golden State Warriors are exploring trade opportunities for All-Star forward David Lee and the three years, $44 million left on his contract, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Warriors forward David Lee had offseason surgery to repair a torn hip flexor. (USA Today Sports)Lee, 30, is a popular and well-respected player within the Golden State franchise but his contract is considerable, and moving him for a star – or a player on a shorter deal – makes financial sense.
Golden State offered Lee in a package for Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani, sources said, but the Raptors made a deal with the New York Knicks to shed the final two years, $22.5 million on Bargnani’s contract.
The Warriors tried to pry Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge as part of an offer that included Brandon Rush, league sources said. Portland has been engaging trade talks for Aldridge, but has pursued more robust offers than Golden State’s proposal, sources said.
Lee had one of his best NBA seasons, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds and making the Western Conference All-Star team. He suffered a torn hip flexor on April 20 in the playoffs and eventually had surgery to repair it on May 30.