Tuesday , Dec , 30 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks Almost Traded David Lee to Nuggets for Linas Kleiza

The Knicks and Nuggets were engaged in talks involving a Linas Kleiza-for- David Lee swap earlier this month, and a person with knowledge of the situation said things got close enough just before the West Coast trip for Lee to get word that something might go down. Coach George Karl, however, persuaded Nuggets management to hang on to Kleiza because of his versatility. Kleiza and Lee will be restricted free agents this summer … The Knicks, who have lost 15 of their last 20 after a 6-3 start, are 3-10 in December, with one game left, tomorrow in Charlotte. A loss would match the December futility of Isiah Thomas’ team a year ago.