More on the Potential Trade

So, I've come around on the much-rumored deal that, despite reeking of disloyalty, would be a pretty wise business move. Trading Lee now is smart, since his value is as high as ever and he's due for an extension after next season. If the Knicks are still floundering in a year, he could easily end up elsewhere without benefiting us in the least (although my heart says Dave wouldn't do that to me). As a proponent of rebuilding through the draft, as well, I can't deny this deal. My Lee-fancy got the better of my reasoning in this case.

Anyway, if you've been reading, (I've just done this. My post yesterday was pure knee-jerk, if you couldn't tell.) you'll know that the Grizzlies are in the market for a power forward to play alongside the incoming Marc Gasol. Especially if Kevin Love is taken, they sound convinced that Lee might be that guy. Now, if certain things shake up in the top of the draft order, Love might very well fall and give the Grizz what they need. Then again, Memphis may be ready to do the trade regardless, passing on Love for Lee. Tom Ziller, a man tragically unfamiliar with David Lee's lady-pleasing skills and fetish for lotions, thinks Lee over Love makes no sense. Financially, he's probably right. Lady-pleasing-wise, he couldn't be more wrong. The point is, there are a number of scenarios and holes in the rumored Memphis logic that could mitigate their participation in this deal, so don't get your panties in a bunch just yet.

Let's say we did end up with the 5th and 6th picks, though. Who ya got? Keep in mind that Mayo will very likely be off the board and that Seattle will likely take one of the point guard prospects at the 4 spot. Like I said yesterday, I see a combination of guard (Bayless/Westbrook/even Augustin) and forward (Alexander, although it'd probably be Gallinari) working best. If Love falls, what about him? How about Gordon? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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