David Lee wants to return to the Knicks, but they will have to pay

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Thumbnail image for nba_lee_250.jpgKnicks fans, remember what Joni Mitchell (or was it Adam Duritz?) tried to teach us: Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone.

David Lee loves New York City. He’s played there for five years, become an All-Star. He was their best player hands down, giving them 20 and 12 nightly this season. It’s easy to see how he could be a good fit as the second or third option next to that superstar the Knicks are going to go out and get.

But the Knicks are going to have to pay. They chose not to make a move on him earlier, opting instead to keep the decks clear and have plenty of cap space so they could go out and get a superstar or two.

Now, he said there will be no hometown discount from Lee. The Knicks want him back, they are going to have to outbid everyone else on the market, as he told Alan Hahn of Newsday.

“There’s been a chance, twice, to take care of that very thing.”

Donnie Walsh and the Knicks knew this, it was a calculated risk as part of the rebuilding strategy. Lee can ball but this is New York and marquee names are needed. Losing Lee would be part of that price.

Don’t it always seem to go…

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.