I’m super busy at work so I don’t have much time to elaborate, but Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times is reporting that the Warriors are close to a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks for David Lee that would have the Warriors sending Anthony Randolph and other pieces to the Knicks. The trade does not include Monta Ellis.

Here’s an excerpt from Thompson’s article:

The Warriors would send forward Anthony Randolph — not guard Monta Ellis as previously rumored — along with a few other pieces to New York. But, like the rest of the universe, they are waiting on LeBron James. If James announces he’s decided to play anywhere but New York, the Warriors are in play for Lee. The Warriors are one of a few teams in the mix for Lee via a sign-and-trade with the Knicks. And the Warriors have an offer the Knicks favor, a team source said. Randolph could be joined by center Ronny Turiaf or swingman Kelenna Azubuike, and an expiring contract such as forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

Another interesting revelation from Thompson’s article is that the Warriors would not offer Lee a max deal, with their ceiling being a six-year deal starting at about $13 million. Could that be a deal breaker? Will Lee get max offers from the Nets or other teams who covet his services?

What are your thoughts on this?