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Celtics Interested in Courtney Lee?

Jay July 8, 2012 Free Agency 14 Comments

According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Celtics and Courtney Lee have met, and the Celtics have emerged as a “serious suitor” for Lee.

The Boston Celtics have emerged as a serious suitor for Courtney Lee after coach Doc Rivers met with the free-agent guard Saturday night, according to sources familiar with Boston’s thinking.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics, in the wake of losing sharpshooter Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, have racheted up their pursuit of Lee as a possible replacement.  Lee averaged 11.4 points per game for the Houston Rockets last season and hit 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.

The Celtics don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Lee outright, but sources say that the Houston Rockets have let it be known that they’re willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals with both Marcus Camby and Lee amid the increasing likelihood that neither of those coveted free agents will be returning to Houston.

He goes on to say that the Wolves, Hawks, Pacers, Mavs and Suns also have interest.  The key here would be what exactly the Celtics would have to give up in a sign-and-trade, and that would also depend on how much Lee is looking for.  It’s an interesting scenario and it also perhaps shows their waning interest in bringing back Mickael Pietrus.  Unless they feel that Pietrus would accept the bi-annual exception or minimum contract.

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  • KG.THE.GREAT

    I like Lee alot. The guy can run, shoot and play great defense. In the right system and with rondo runing the point, courtney would help the celtics alot with scoring and resting the big 3(rondo in for ray)

  • kricky

    Lee would be a nice addition. He is solid and has some big game experience too. And he is living proof what a terrible coach SVG is for benching in the finals a few years ago.

    What would we have to give up? Could we do it with picks? I’d hate to give up Sullinger or Melo before we have a chance to see what we have with them.

    • Lee in Oregon

      I seriusly doubt Fab Melo turns into the next Bynum, but stranger things have happened in the NBA. I was a bit surprised though when DA signed the rookies so quickly, that’s not been his style in past years. I know what you mean though, I’m still slightly bitter about Joe Johnson.

  • lokillo

    I think Boston should give up JJJ and a 2nd round pick for Lee. He should be a great replacement for ray and should help us if Bradley isn’t ready for the start of the season

  • Wil Reyes

    they might part ways with JJJ :\ i wish the celtics had more pieces,

    How I wish celtics attract more attention from free agents, we are a contender but they rather all sign in with the Heats

  • Lee in Oregon

    He’s great athletically, kinda starting to wonder why he can’t stick anywhere, but maybe he hasn’t been in the right system lately. This would be a nice pick-up, a guy who can score without having to set 3 picks for him…..

    I assume if this goes down it would mean so long to Pietrus.

    • Lee in Oregon

      Best part of this move is that Lee could start while AB recuperates his shoulders.

    • http://kimmerlin.com mighty

      yes so long Pietrus. Please. Send him back to wherever.

  • Chris H

    If it can be swung without screwing up the future too much, then fine. We have actually reloaded quite nicely and addressed most of our flaws. The PF position is the only one where there is a backlog, so maybe Moore and Johnson and a pick.

    Would suck for them though, as they never had a chance to prove themselves or get into the system, essentially wasting a year of their careers.

    Doc better play Sullinger and Melo, we need them.

  • RedsLoveChild

    I like the Camby part of the deal!

    Not so much that he still averages 1 rebound every 3 minutes, which is very impressive, and could give us a solid 15-20 minutes off the bench…..but, he would serve as a great “defensive mentor” for Fab Melo.

    This would speed up Melo`s maturation a lot, and he`d be getting more and more of Camby`s minutes as the season progresses.

    KG is really not into playing the mentor role.

    • WhatchutalkinboutRedsLoveChild

      KG isnt into playing the mentor role? what???

      • Alex

        I sometimes wonder what he is talking about as well.

  • Chris

    The celtics should give up JJJ plus the SF rookie and a pick for Lee. After that we can bring back the best player, and the #1 fan favorite player in the celtics championship run. BRIAN SCALEBRINE. That’s banner 18 right there. And F-U Judas Shuttersworth

  • kyle

    i would like to see peitrus back because we can get him for pretty cheap and he jsut didn’t have a good year last year and i can see him having an impact early on, plus he he very good on the defensive end