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Your Morning Dump… Where all good things come to an end

Chris Jones January 6, 2014 Celtics News, The Morning Dump, Uncategorized 24 Comments

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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.

Would like to thank every1 in the celtics organization for the opportunity to be a celtic, I enjoyed my time in Boston and am grateful. Would also like to thank celtics for showcasing my desire to give back to the community and also making me look good in the pictures lol. Would also like to thank the fans for the amazing year and a half journey, we started off a little rocky but I got my game back right so thanks for the extra motivation. #allgoodthingscometoaend!!!

You may or may not find Courtney Lee’s time in Boston a “good thing”, but Lee does, and he wants us to know it. In case you missed it from last night’s recap, written above is what Lee jotted on his Instagram account before sitting out of the Thunder game. The trade shouldn’t be offiicial until sometime later today, but Lee didn’t waste any time in thanking the Celtics organization.

Considerd a decent haul after missing out on O.J. Mayo in the summer of 2012, Lee was first a welcomed name in Boston. His style seemed appropriate for what the Celtics were trying to accomplish; although instead, we got season-long slump throughout ’12-13. He had been playing much better this year, doing more with less minutes and increasing his efficiency. Still, this deal makes too much sense for the Celtics, and Lee was never really a part of the future after Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were dealt off.

Although change for an NBA player is rarely welcomed – uprooting your life and home, leaving friends – Lee’s joining a team positioned much better than the Celtics currently are. His style of play should gel well in Memphis, where he can subsitiute in for Tony Allen and stil deliver a similar caliber of defense. Regardless, seeing him part with this tight-knit team is kind of a bummer, particularly his friendship with Jeff Green.

A classy move from Lee to be so thankful, especially after being dangled in several trades. Good luck in Memphis.

Related links: Rapid Reaction: Lee-aving town

 

On Page 2, Jared Sullinger is struggling, probably needs rest

 Sullinger’s struggles continue with yet another sub-par shooting performance. On Sunday, he had nine points and eight rebounds before fouling out having logged just 19 minutes. The bone bruise and sprained ligaments in his left hand continue to limit his effectiveness as a scorer. In Boston’s last four games, all losses, he has averaged 8.8 points on 26.1 percent shooting which includes him missing all seven of his 3-point attempts. For the season, Sullinger is averaging 13.4 points while shooting 44.6 percent from the field.

We saw Jared Sullinger sporting a couple of different braces around his wrist over these past three games. He’s said it’s been hurting him for a month and a half now, and he aggravated/injured it during the New Year’s Day loss to the Atlanta Hawks. These next four games will certainly be tough stretch, but it shouldn’t stop the Celtics management from giving Sullinger some rest. He seems eager to remain in the lineup even with the brace; one which has likely contributed to his poor shooting recently. It should be up to Ainge, Stevens, and staff to talk to Sullinger and cut out some recovery time. He’s a big part of the future, no need to risk that at this point.

CSNNE- Good, bad, & ugly

The rest of the links:

CSNNE- Part of the Bigger picture | Durant videobombs Perkins | Celtics smacked around by Thunder

Masslive- Celtics agree to trade Courtney Lee to Memphis for Jerryd Bayless

ESPN Boston- Freeze Frame: Moving on

Boston Herald- Five talented foes await Celtics out West | Guard Swap: Celtics trade Courtney Lee for Jerry Bayless

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  • CFH

    Never been a particular fan of Lee, but that’s a classy departing note by him. Here’s hoping he and Memphis are as good a match in person as they are on paper.

  • bill_nair

    Good luck in Memphis Courtney. Wonder how Bayless is going to fit into this guard rotation now.

    Sully should sit for a few weeks. Hes been hurt for a month now just let it rest. Were facing a hell of a stretch of games out west no need to put sully in the fire.

  • Frank Aziza

    Does anyone know if Bayless can be traded this season?

    • Curt Hays

      He can. But it doesn’t matter. His contract is one year. That’s the point.

      • Frank Aziza

        I know about his contract but I was thinking if Houston would still be interested in trading Asik for Bass and Bayless instead of Bass and Lee.

        • Curt Hays

          Valid question. I think if Danny was going to do that, he’d have done it all at once. I don’t see it happening. I see Danny in cost-cutting mode.

        • Chief_00

          I read that bayless can be traded on but not In a package deal. He would have to be traded as a separate deal.

  • Curt Hays

    Is no one else concerned with what else we might be giving up? The trade doesn’t work straight up.

    • bill_nair

      IMO it seems like crawford could be next. Bayless needs/is gonna want minutes and theres no room for him once Rondo returns.

      EDIT: Seems I read your comment wrong. I read the Grizz used their trade exemption from the Gay trade which is why the deal was able to work out.

      • Curt Hays

        Logistically, I agree. The poblem is that we are getting so much value out of Steez for what we’re paying him. I don’t think Danny is letting him go. Maybe he sends Pressey with Lee. MarShon Brooks would actually work better. I can’t remember if Hollinger was a Brooks fan or not though.

        And I didn’t think about the Griz using their own TE. Thanks for pointing it out.

        Edit: Upon reading RLC’s comment above…I suppose it does make more sense for Steez to go next.

        • adam

          can they use part of the trade exception to make them work?

          • Curt Hays

            Memphis can use theirs to make it work. Since they would be accepting the higher incoming salary, they have to be the ones with an available trade exception. We don’t need to use ours especially since we are in cost cutting mode.

            As Bill said above, Memphis is reported to be using the ~$5M TE they have left from trading Rudy Gay. I have NOT confirmed this anywhere else though. I just know they have it available.

        • RedsLoveChild

          Now is the time for DA to really put this “tank party” into high gear!

          We need a future superstar…you do not win titles w/o them…and you do not obtain them in the draft by going 33-49.

          Crawford`s goal to overachieve in his contact year run counter to Ainge`s goal for 2013-14. JC must go!

          Play Phil Pressey & MarShon Brooks 40+ MPG!!

          • Curt Hays

            I’m not saying I support tanking…but…
            If we’re playing Pressey and Brooks, then we need to start Bogans and Wallace and let Kelly get lots of practice while allowing Sully to rest.

          • RedsLoveChild

            Sounds like a damn good plan!

        • bill_nair

          Im curious on your opinion on Steez, Curt. His QO is about $5mill. Is it worth it tying money up in him and AB long term? I think he could be an integral part of this team going forward and I do like Craw, but he has good value now and it may be worth trading him and going with a cheaper alternative for our 6th man (Bayless if he continues to play how he has all year) long term. Interesting problem Danny has but a good one nonetheless.

          IMO id like AB at 4/26 and Craw at 3/15. Seems unreasonable the way they been playing though.

          • Curt Hays

            With both Humphries and Wallace making over $10M, I don’t think we can afford what Steez will be worth on the open market at the end of the season. Steez is not really prone to injury because he floats as opposed to flying, but I’m concerned how he’ll play when it isn’t a contract year. That being said, we have the same three options as always. Pay him. Drop him. Trade him.

            I think the worst thing we can do with him is to simply let him go. Too much value has been added to him this year. He either gets us points or he gets us trade value. Wasting that is foolish.
            We can pay him (and leave room for a star) if we dump Bayless and Wallace next year. It would probably be worth it. With Steez and Humphries on the second string, we look quite efficient.
            The other option is to sign him to a reasonable contract this Summer and then trade him early next season for someone more appropriate for us once we know who we have for next year. This is probably the safest/easiest choice.
            However, what I think will happen is that Rondo will return and Sully will get healthy next month. We will be in the ECF this year.

          • bill_nair

            Thanks for the reply. Been debating this with a few friends lately so was trying to see someone else’s stance.

          • Curt Hays

            I can see taking Steez for $5M a year. You’re basically replacing Lee with him. That means you’re losing defense and adding a back up point guard. Not a bad deal, but I think it depends on who else we get. If we don’t get a paint protector, it won’t matter who we have because we’ll always just lose.

  • RedsLoveChild

    True, classy farewell message from Lee…..but unless he`s silently referring to the life-changing $22M contract the Celts signed him to, it`s hard to see why Lee found his brief stay in Boston so enjoyable & gratifying.

    Now, if only DA could find a taker for Bass and Green…..also wouldn`t mind seeing Crawford in a different uniform as he strives to secure a new contract.

    • bill_nair

      Boston is a great city. Lee mentioned the opportunities to help the community which is a big thing for him. Seems like he just loved the region.

    • Curt Hays

      He probably found it very rewarding to be in an area with so many big things going on and so many good people and teammates to be close to. World Series, Stanley Cup. The Marathon. The Celtics (obviously a big deal). It was a big up/down year for him.
      I expect Bass to find a new home, but do you really think Green will get dealt? I’m not sure anyone sees him as a required asset. Maybe closer to playoff time.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Given his inflated salary, coupled with his incurable lethargy…I`m sure most other teams view Jeff Green as being “radioactive”.

        In general, Boston fans were unfairly harsh towards Lee last year. I`m sure he`s very happy to be joining Memphis.

        Signing that big contract was Lee`s biggest highlight in Boston. If he truly loves this region, he`ll eventually make this his home, but I wouldn`t hold my breath!

  • vitamin d

    Good luck in Memphis, Courtney!!
    Remember when Avery and Lee were nicknamed the “Pitbulls of defense” last year? Thank you so much for your time here!