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Your Morning Dump… Where Sasha and the Blazers are part of the deal for Courtney Lee

Courtesy: Elise Amendola/AP (Globe)

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. 

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.

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.

“We think Courtney’s a good fit for us, yeah,” said Ainge. “He’s a good player. He’s a both ends of the court player. He can shoot, can defend and he runs. Good fit for us.”

Herald – C’s acquire Lee, send four packing

Two thumbs up on this deal. I can’t see any reason to oppose. The Celtics are locked and loaded for Phase II of the new Big 3 era. This will be our team for the next 3-4 years. It’s a good blend of veterans, youth and athleticism. Of course, everything goes to sh*t if any KG or Rondo get hurt.

Lee may not be the clutch three-point shooter that Ray Allen is, but he can defend. Remember the 2009 playoff series vs Orlando? The scorching hot Allen was stopped cold by Lee (and JJ Redick).

Lee commented on the deal early this morning, via Twitter:

Want to thank all the ppl in Houston friends and fans enjoyed my time. Also would like to thank all the Cs fan for the love

As for the departure of JaJuan Johnson, Gary Washburn has this:

Johnson, the Celtics’ first-round pick in 2011, never established a role, 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, he was expendable.

Good luck, JJJ.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Short handed Cs reflect on absencesMelo hurts hand, will get x-rayRivers: Our summer’s been goodDoc talks Bradley’s rehab, Pierce’s kneeHollins signs with Clippers | Globe – Doc Rivers likes what Celtics are doing | Herald – Green’s agent thinks he’s underpaid | Yahoo! – Perk has surgery on wrist |

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  • frickenWaaaltaaah

    Sweeeeet!!!

    Blazers stepping up to help get it done; Phoenix and New Orleans were trying…anybody else getting a ‘Hey Miami and LA…screw you’ kind of vibe from this deal?

    Whatever the reason, feelin’ the love from other teams is nice!

    • LA Flake

      NOT impressed with this deal AT ALL. this guy is prone to brain farting at crucial moments. if we were going to dole out 5 mil to get a wing, OJ Mayo would’ve been a great pick up but Lee? 4 teams in 5 years. 4 teams in 5.

      • Andrew

        Courtney Lee is exactly what we need. Mayo might have been better offensively, but Lee makes up for it being better on defense. Lee will only start the first month or two of the season until bradley gets back. Then he will play about 20 minutes off the bench. You act like he is our star player. He will be the 5th option on offense when he is on the court.

        • LAF

          so we dole out $5 mil/yr for at least 3 years to a guy who was getting ZERO offers in the open market and who has bounced around from team to team in each of his 5 years in the league and we expect him to become our 20 min off the bench player? AWESOME!

          • KY Celts fan

            You have to look at the reasons why he has been on different teams. Drafted by Orlando and was the starting 2 guard on a team that made it to the Finals. Traded by a dumb GM for a dumb player in Arenas. Traded again by the Nets for picks and cap space so they could make a run at Dwight. Let go by Houston so they would have cap space so they could also make a run at Dwight. It’s not that these teams thought he was a bad player. They were just aiming for something much bigger.

          • Alex

            He has played great, I don’t know where you are getting at…

            Whatever, I’m not going to get it in with LA Flake because I constantly see him bitching around here.

          • MJ

            He actually was traded for Vince Carter, but nonetheless, that was a stupid deal by Otis Smith. Or for him, just the usual.

          • KY Celts fan

            @MJ

            my bad. Orlando has traded for so many dumb players that I can’t keep track. Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Andrew Bynum (probably).

  • HR Paperstacks

    I fee like Danny reads all the different blogs and says to himself, “What?!?! You don’t think I can get Lee?!?!” and then goes to work to prove everyone wrong.

    Fun off-season.

    • Celtics607

      Do u understand how smart Danny singe is he messed up one trade the perkins one of course but other then that he made a champion team out of nothing and has kept us going

      • BamaCelt

        I’m tired of the Perk deal always being brought up. We didn’t have the option. we couldn’t afford him at the time. Even Perk realized he should have taken the deal at the time. It was either trade him our get nothing. I don’t fault Danny at all on the trade. We will see this year how Green will pan out

  • Kenny

    Very excited about our bench

  • RedsLoveChild

    Danny is on a mission to get rid of all the garbage on the roster….so far, so good.

  • paul

    But we need Dooling

    • LA Flake

      we need to look into blatche and gerald green.

      • Andrew

        Gerald Green is already signed with The Pacers….he would not play on this Celtics team anyway. He would be stuck on the bench.

      • KY Celts fan

        you’re complaining that we got a guy that has been on 4 teams in 5 years, but you want a known knucklehead who played himself completely out of the league? and a lazy guy that’s hated by every teammate he’s ever had in Blatche? really? REALLY?!

        • LA Flake

          Low risk high rewards.

          • Alex

            You have no idea what you are talking about, LA Fluke. You even wanted Gerald Green, who already got signed by another team, to be in our team. Get your facts straight before you talk basketball, please.

      • team#5

        You clearly don’t follow the NBA off-season. If you’re asking about Gerald Green knowing he’s been signed already, then u clearly have a “brain fart” as u put it. lol

    • Chris

      Dooling was an important piece last year but is only as much of a PG as Jet. Only real difference – if Terry can’t make a pass, he’ll create a shot, whereas Dooling will just fling one up

    • Lee in Oregon

      I agree, Dooling and a center (if there is one left) to fill out the roster and leave the last spot open.

  • Dutchgreen

    Okay, some fun for you at my own expense… Here I was, thinking: why is there a picture of Steamer on an article about Sasha – mixing up the white guys…? If you’ll excuse me, I go practice on getting to know our new guys now… ;-)

    • KY Celts fan

      that is Steamer.

      • Dutchgreen

        Yeah, I know – I was referring to the fact that I missed that there is another guy in this picture…

        • KY Celts fan

          oh, gotcha.

    • CelticsFan

      That is Courtney Lee for Houston, Steamer is just defending.

  • Chris

    I don’t see how any Celtics fan finds fault with this trade. All it cost us is two veterans who weren’t making the roster, a second round pick, a 4th string point guard with zero muscle definition and, unfortunately, Moore, who could become a good bench player. But trading garbage and minmal potential for a starter-caliber player is a no brainer. Lee’s numbers will see a jump too for those questioning his stats. He was effective with Howard distracting from him. Now he has Garnett and Pierce with Rondo dishing him the ball. Danny Ainge is a genius.

  • Jester00

    Bye Bye SASHA I always liked your game P.S. Dooling sucks balls

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