Friday , Apr , 03 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

David Lee: I Want to Stay with Knicks

But with seven games left in the season and free agency right around the corner, Lee made a pitch Thursday to remain a Knick as the organization looks to continue its rebuilding phase, with an eye toward landing a pair of big-name free agents during the summer of 2010.

"I’ve really taken to what Coach (Mike) D’Antoni and everybody are doing around here, and the culture has really improved, and I think they have a good plan moving forward to make this a very successful team," Lee said at the Knicks’ practice facility in Greenburgh. "I’d love to be a part of that, and hopefully that works out."

The comments came two days after an Internet report said Lee was on the trading block in December and again at February’s trading deadline, with the Nuggets looking to acquire his services both times. Lee, according to the report on, said he was approached before Tuesday’s game in Denver by "a couple of their players and other people" about those potential trades and the possibility of someday wearing a Nuggets uniform.