Two recent events could mean the Knicks are a bit closer to resigning David Lee. According to Yahoo, the Pistons have signed both Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Meanwhile ESPN reports that the Clippers have traded Zach Randolph to Memphis for Quentin Richardson. Both Detroit and Memphis were potential buyers for David Lee, with both the free agent space and a hole at power forward. So the only teams left that have the cap space that are likely to sign Lee are Oklahoma City, Toronto, and Portland. The Trailblazers are unlikely to offer Lee a contract, considering the depth they have at the forward and center positions.
However this doesn’t mean that Knick fans should run out and grab a David Lee jersey. New York could still deal Lee in a sign & trade to a team that lacks the cap space to sign him outright. And of course, even if the team does resign him, it doesn’t mean that Lee will spend the length of his contract in blue & orange.