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Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 5:45 pm  |  46 responses

Boston Celtics Get Courtney Lee in Sign-and-Trade With Houston Rockets (UPDATE)


UPDATE, via the Boston Herald: “”It took awhile and a couple of false starts, but the Celtics got their man [Thursday] night, acquiring Courtney Lee from Houston in a sign and trade for JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams, Sasha Pavlovic and a second-round draft pick. The paperwork is expected to be finalized [Friday]. The deal originally had Phoenix and New Orleans as facilitators, but that came apart late yesterday afternoon Pacific time. Late last night, Portland became the third team and Pavlovic was included. The amended details were still being learned as the Herald’s final print deadline passed, but the Celts will clearly be ecstatic to acquire the coveted 6-foot-5 Lee without disturbing their main rotation. [...] The transaction appeared to hit a snag during the afternoon, but both sides said it was back on track later in the day. Sources told the Herald there were still moving parts and that other teams had been involved at different points. Because the move is a sign and trade, Lee will be able to get right around the $5 million midlevel exception the club used on Jason Terry. The C’s had been trying to make the Terry deal a sign and trade to keep the slot open for Lee, but it appears they have found another way to get him the money he was seeking as a free agent.”

The Boston Celtics got their man, as they acquired Courtney Lee from the Houston Rockets in exchange for JaJuan Johnson. Reports the Boston Globe: “Lee, 25, had been No. 1 on the Celtics’ list after Ray Allen signed with the Miami Heat, but the Celtics did not have enough salary cap space to sign Lee outright. Lee was seeking in the $5 million per season range, and the Celtics have apparently put together some contracts and draft picks that enticed the Rockets to sign Lee to a deal and then send him to the Celtics. Johnson, the Celtics’ first-round pick in 2011, never found a role with the club and his lack of development privately bothered some team officials. He struggled in stretches during summer league and with the signings of Chris Wilcox, Jeff Green and the drafting of Jared Sullinger, his role this season was likely minute. Lee, 26, averaged 11.4 points per game last season for the Rockets, who decided not to give him a qualifying offer, making him a free agent. Lee is a career 38.6 percent 3-point shooter who is also an above-average defender. He dined with Celtics coach Doc Rivers on July 7 and expressed a desire to play with the Celtics — at the right salary.”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He told Phoenix he wanted about $9M LOL!!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    WOW, and the Rockets add yet ANOTHER Power Forward…

  • Jeremy

    Good pickup, but what about Avery Bradley? They have Terry and Lee now too?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    We got Radmonivic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    We got Radmonivic.

  • RKJ92

    LOL! Sup Bulls Fans!?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I would take Courtney Lee over Ray Allen right now, Celtics good moves even-though someone cried their way to South Beach.

  • T-Money

    ray allen scored 14 ppg on 45% shooting from 3 last year.

  • bobby

    “Lee, 25…”, “Lee, 26,…”, get your facts straight, boston globe

  • Tyquez

    @Jeremy but lee can play sg/sf….boston got them a deep team

  • LA Huey

    C.Lee over Shuttlesworth?! I guess if you place a premium on androgynous names…

  • aotearaw

    Lee over Ray, LMAO. Okay.

  • Heals

    Wow, thought this was all but dead after the C’s used their mid-level for Jett. Awesome that Ainge pulled it off, BUT personally I’m a little bummed. I really started to invest in E (thank you summer league) as a back-up guard. I was looking forward to JJ finding his place on the court and SeanWill living up to his potential with KG. I know Lee is much more certain to contribute, but it was fun being optimistic about Moore, Johnson and Williams during the mirage that can be summer league while it lasted…

  • jayrose

    Glad to see my bulls going after true ballers…Vlad over Lee anyday baby!!!!

  • MeloMan15

    Minus losing Ray, the celtics have had an amazing offseason. Plus they’re adding Jeff Green. If Kg and Pierce can stay playing like they did last year they can definetely compete with the heat

  • Shifty

    Wow this is such a good pick up for us. Makes our hence even deeper…..and I think he will fit in real good with docs defensive game. Good work ainge!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    celtics are deeeeeeep

  • Tic tax

    I’m not a Celtic by any means but right now if I were the heat I’d b kinda worried..it’s gonna interesting b ball next season

  • bonK

    He was good as a rookie in Orlando. Celtics got a good player n one that fits into there defensive scheme. Also not a bad three pt shooter

  • MirChilly

    Gus Forman… Executive of the Year!!!

  • ClydesaysClydesays

    Niiice. Danny has been putting in the work this offseason. But the idea that Lee is better than Ray? Come on. Lee is talented and 10 yrs younger, but he’ll really have to do something over the next decade to equal what RA has accomplished… Now Ainge needs a vet pg and a rebounder/defender, them he can take the rest of the summer off…

  • Buyout

    There are seeds in his brain

  • riggs

    terry/lee over ray yes. More defense and the terrys 3′s are a nice addition. You will see this once you see how miami uses him.

  • blusil

    and here i thought that thibs really wanted lee because he was perfect for the defensive scheme they ran in chi town, there were even reports that thibs was looking to acquire him when he first became the head coach in chi, i guess the management doesn’t know that vlad rad plays matador defense or they just don’t know the meaning of it. LOL

  • dma

    the rich get richer. the sign and trades are what’s wrong with this new CBA obviously. la way over the cap can add steve nash? bah

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Courtney Lee can play, no doubt about that. Aside from alley-layups, he has a good all-around game. He’s not better than Ray now, but from 2013 onwards, he will be.

  • Basketball iQ

    Did anyone other than me witness ray ray’s lack of defense & inability to get to the rack? We replaced a hof’er (ray) w/another hof’er (jet), & got YOUNGER in the process w/jeff green, averyB coming back & now CLee? deeeeeeeeeep

  • Yep

    woah!!!! courtney lee aged a whole year during this article!!! >>> “Lee, 25, had been No. 1 on the Celtics’ list…” <<>> “Lee, 26, averaged 11.4 points per game…”<<<

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Deepest team in the NBA. Lakers vs Celtics finals.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Next up: Kevin Martin.

  • ai come back

    LOL jason terry can play sf hahahaaaaaaaaa

  • zen master

    Rondo Lee Pierce Bass Garnett
    Bradley? Jet Green Sullinger Wilcox?

    This doesn´t seem quite right already, C’s are overcrowded at PF an SG and still don´t have any true center or pg in the bench, Bradley is out of position and Melo isn´t a sure thing, he still has to adapt during regular season and then we´ll find out if he´s ready for playoffs.

  • SayWhat!

    Not yet enough for a 7 game series with Heat.

  • http://slam flight9

    tHE CELTICS ARE DEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP. Forman do something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BostonBaller

    Ray took it to the hoop just fine…no whining, let’s just enjoy what’s being put together over the Summer.

  • Danny

    OH NO I CANT BELEAVE BOSTON LET E TWAUN MOORE GET AWAY FUTURE GOAST FOR THE Cs.

  • ALD

    i like courtney lee. he is a very good role player and should have better numbers playing with rondo. even though he missed layups in the finals, courtney lee can play on both sides a lil.

  • ClydeSays

    Nice pickup, Danny. Better bench already. Lee is no Ray, but he’s a decade younger & can play both sides of the ball. Still need a vet pg & a rebounder/defender at C. Moore & Johnson could be nice players, but they’d only get garbage minutes behind Rondo/Terry/Bradley at guard & Bass/Wilcox/Sullinger at PF. Seems like Morey is stocking up players for a big trade…

  • MeloMan15

    celtics should sign birdman

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think y’all should be cautious about investing too much trust in Jeff Green. Really cautious.

  • Sérgio

    Caboose FTW with the alley-layup reference.

  • LA Huey

    It’s comical that someone using an alias suggesting intelligence would call Jason Terry a Hall of Famer. Unless, he was only refering to his time at Franklin High School.

  • Basketball iQ

    Lee is coming into his prime & ray is on his way out, ill take lee too.
    & ray did take it to the hole “just fine” BUT not as often as your starting 2 guard should is what I’m saying. & 45% from 3 if a fkn lie… No defense playing-az. South beach can have him. He just amped up the rivalry 10 notches is all & I love it.

  • smoove

    My team is going to be even more of a force to be reckoned with next year, given that every one meshes well and plays their role well, im sure Rondo will make it happen and definitely have a field day with Lee, and when avery comes back its back door cut central.

  • Tyquan

    This is a very under the radar move by Boston and one could argue that this current team is deeper than the one that was one win away from going to the Finals. Jason Terry is actually younger than Ray Allen who played a major part in their sucess can’t take nothing away from Ray Ray. Jeff Green hopefully is healthy and Lee will be a good fit can shoot the three and play some D as well not to menton getting Sullinger and Fab Melo who they will probably bring along slowly. Doc Rivers is gonna get the most out of these guys can’t wait for when Miami visits Boston yea I’m already thinking ahead and it ain’t even football season yet lol……….

  • Ernie D

    I had no idea Pavlovich was still with the team! You had a sense this was gonna happen. Jajuan hadn’t found his position yet, E’tuan was moaning about playing time, and both were buried on the depth chart last season. The only spot the C’s are a little thin at still is at Center. Right now you have KG, Wilcox and Fab Melo. Melo is the only one built like a center, and he doesn’t have the skills yet (See: D League). C’mon Steamtrain… come back to Boston!

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