Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
It’s not like the Celtics don’t want to wrap up their roster renovation, it’s just that free agent guard Courtney Lee wisely listened to the advice of his agent, Dan Fegan, who told him to be patient.
[…] The Celtics knew that the longer this played out, the more competition they would have for Lee. Sure enough, more than a week has gone by since Rivers’ impromptu sitdown and Lee is still available and very much in demand.
Lee may have to be a little more patient, but it seems that Fegan’s message will pay off. Someone will have the cap room to make a straight pitch for Lee and with O.J. Mayo off the board, he’s suddenly the best backcourt wing player left in free agency.
The Celtics aren’t going to win any bidding wars with anyone, and while they have a sign-and-trade that theoretically works (sign-and-trade Dooling, send cash to pay for his deal, Sean Williams unguaranteed deal, and any variety of picks they may have), that’s not exactly what Houston is looking for. And now that the Celtics have no choice but to use the mid level on Jason Terry, they’re running out of options.
So the Courtney Lee dreams might be dashed. But there are other options, including one possibly intriguing return.
The Clippers have used the NBA’s one-time amnesty provision on small forward Ryan Gomes, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The team did so just before the league’s 8:59 p.m. (PDT) Tuesday deadline.
Gomes will make his entire $4-million salary, but it won’t count against the Clippers’ salary cap and luxury-tax threshold.
I like Ryan Gomes. Maybe that’s just my sentimental side talking, but I think he could find a role in Boston.
He may never get here, though. Just to remind everyone that the Amnesty waiver process is just for under the cap teams. Once they all pass on him… if they do… THEN he becomes a free agent. Follow the original link at the top for some of Flannery’s other free agent possibilities.
Related: Herald: Only exceptional deal lands Courtney Lee
One other note: Kris Joseph hurt his knee in Vegas. It’s being called a hyperextended knee. It doesn’t seem too serious
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Moore making a slid case to come back | Smith continues to find range | Nets interested in Hollins? | WEEI: C’s use mid-level on Terry | C’s continue to roll with win over Bulls | Herald: Johnson must regain confidence