NOTE: This was originally going to be a comment in the "Bell/Diaw" thread, but then I went way overboard and turned in into a fan post.
as good as David Lee is, and as much as we all like him, is it in the Knicks' best interests to sign him to a lucrative extension in the offseason? if not, then they need to deal him before the deadline in order to sweeten the pot to shed Curry's
fat ass ridiculous contract.
like i've said before, the ultimate goal should be to get as far under the cap as possible for 2010. having already axed Z-Bo and Craw, getting LeBron plus another player (Bosh/Nash/Stoudemire/Wade/...?) is well within the realm of possibility. though Diaw's contract goes through 2012, losing Curry would still free up an extra $2M (according to reports) for 2010.
Fat guys can be cool/talented. Curry is neither.
what i like about this deal is potentially getting Raja Bell. he seems like the perfect fit for this team and fills a huge need: a guard who can actually defend and consistently hit from three (41% career). Bell is 32, but he's not in the long-term plans anyway - his $5M comes off the books after next season - and he could help this team sneak into the playoffs this year. i've already talked about Diaw. his contract sucks, but anybody is better than Curry.
what i don't like about the deal is parting with Lee, but i don't think the Knicks should give him $10M per season or anything like that. i'm really curious as to what he would get on the open market. if it was $10-12M, i would say pass, but if the Knicks can lock him up for four or five years at $6-8M then i don't have a problem with that. Lee is a guy worth keeping around, but Wilson Chandler is the only player that i would label as untouchable.
what does everyone think?