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Courtney Lee says more than 8 teams interested in him

Jul 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

Courtney Lee

Everything you hear from players, agents and teams right now should be taken with a grain of salt.

But it’s been clear for a while that Courtney Lee — the swingman who is a good perimeter defender — was drawing a lot of interest. But he tells A. Sherrod Blakely of a number that is even higher than we expected.

Lee said “more than eight teams” are in the hunt with the Celtics.

So who is in the lead? Well, Boston is in the mix, looking for someone to cover Avery Bradley, who will miss the start of the season. The Pacers are interested as well. But as always it comes down to money. Lee wants a multi-year deal and at more than the $2.2 million he made last year. But if that doesn’t work out…

“Dallas is a team, they’re looking to make one-year deals even if they have to overpay somebody so that they have enough cap space for the next year’s free agency,” Lee said. “That’s something that if me and my agent, if we can’t come to an agreement on a multi-year deal, that’s something that we’ll have to look into.”

Look for Lee to have a deal in the next couple days, although he can be patient if he wants to see what else shakes out.

  1. flyrocket31 - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Rockets Should Have Kept Him!

  2. rocketsbb - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    He can go real far, he has improved a lot the past 2 years and can really help a team with defense and those corner threes.

  3. kylemoss - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    The Bulls were looking to trade for this guy two season ago involving Asik, I see Lee signing with the Bulls and crossing my fingers the Bulls dont match Asik’s offer sheet.

  4. missouricharger - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    couldn’t agree more. we need the perimeter scoring and he’s a good on-ball/team defender. let Asik walk, the team won’t suffer.

  5. magicbucs - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    The magic miss lee. Thanks a lot Otis for trading him after his rookie season for vince carter. Get paid Courtney!!

  6. knightrider1755 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    8 teams? Where are they in Europe?

  7. djcase31 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Bulls would be a great fit for him. Good off the bench add some depth to a already deep bench.

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