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Courtney Lee says he wants to play with Celtics next season

Jul 10, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

Courtney Lee

You lose Ray Allen but replace him with Jason Terry and Courtney Lee? Every GM in the league would take that deal.

Boston lost Allen to Miami and signed Terry already.

Now they may get Lee — he wants to play in Boston next season, he told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Lee has a long-standing relationship with Doc Rivers. The problem is the Celtics don’t have the cap space to give Lee a market rate contract, so they are working on a sign-and-trade.

“Me and Doc, we’ve always had a relationship since I’ve been in the NBA,” he said. “I’m a friend of both of his kids, Austin and Jeremiah. We work out together, always see each other. Me and Doc always speak. There’s interest there, but there was no verbal agreement or anything, just hearing each other out. He expressed his interest. I expressed my interest.

“It’s not basketball-wise that needs to be discussed, it’s the front office and my agent that needs to communicate and go from there.”

So again, it’s all about money. And compensation to the Rockets in a sign-and-trade. Houston GM Daryl Morey is going hoarder on future draft picks, so if there is a deal to be had that is something to watch.

  1. acdc363 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    And this is why I wasn’t worried when we lost Ray!

  2. passerby23 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I think a future first and second rounder should be sufficient to make this happen. I think Boston’s championship ability depends a lot on this move. If they can make it happen, they just got a lot better. Then, sign Pietrus for the biannual exception.

  3. coolj23 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Well…it looks good on paper but it’s not the FA pickups that’s going to determine the success of the celtics. The only factors that are going to do that is, can the BIG two stay healthy doing the 82 game grind.Garnett played surprisingly well doing the playoffs, but I doubt the happens doing the regular season. Father time still undefeated!!!

    • rtfinch - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      i dont know, if kg can tutor jarred sullinger and fab melo early, let them learn on the fly late so he can rest his legs. jeff green to ease the toll on paul pierce. this could work out for another run for those two. if you can save their legs in the regular season, they could still have one last good playoff push in them. but we’ll see what happens.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Really? FA pickups won’t decide the success of the C’s? So Jason Terry joining the Celtics isn’t going to matter? These teams that are in the top 6 have free agents decide their fate every year. Battier was huge for Miami in the playoffs. Ray Allen will be big for them this upcoming year. If Lee comes to Boston, along with Terry, that means the Celtics solidified themselves after a tough loss in Ray and they will continue to compete for the title. You think the Lakers agree w/your statement (Artest and now Nash) Your Big 2 comment makes no sense either. What, Rondo isn’t a core guy? This Boston team is now going to run through Rondo and Bradley(when he returns) and the veterans are going to slowly give up the reigns to them and guys like Sullinger (absolute steal. He will be an all star in 2 years). Next year the Celtics will be right in the thick of it, battling Miami and Brooklyn for the east. Chicago will drop off w/out Rose, the Knicks will be good but ultimately will brain cramp again when it matters, and the rest of the conference will be a crap shoot. Write it down- Boston will be in the EC Finals again next year, and the FA pickups will be a huge part of it.

  4. jbk1234 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I don’t know why they didn’t save their money for Courtney Lee. If the Celtics could have either Lee or Terry, I don’t know why they wouldn’t go with Lee. It’s like Miami taking Allen over Camby. Not sure it was the correct call.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      If they can work out a sign and trade they can have both. It’s not and Terry or Lee situation.

  5. dko83 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I love this… Been a big C. Lee fan since his WKU days. He and Bradley would be a great defensive tandem. I’m with acdc on this one, C’s would actually get better after losing a HoF like Ray, didn’t see this coming.

  6. pellypell - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    JET LEE > Jet Li > Ray Allen

  7. giselleisasucubus - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    If the Celtics get this done, they have to be considered the favorite to battle Miami for the east. Brooklyn will be really good, but I just like the Celtics and Heat in the big games. I don’t trust Howard, Johnson or Williams in the playoffs.

  8. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    But who do you trade in the sign-and-trade???

    Cetics shouldn’t give up on JaJuan Johnson or E’twan Moore this early.

    Please Danny sign and then trade Daniels, Pavlovic, Stemiesma, Hollins..and don’t give away that 2nd you just got from OKC either!

    • redsghost - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Give up the 2nd round pick if you must. OKC will be drafting near the end and there won’t much talent in the 57-60 range where OKC SHOULD be drafting.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        The 2013 2nd rd pick the Cetics received from OKC is from…the Bobcats; i.e., its probably gonna be the 31st pick.

        Don’t trade that pick Danny.

  9. j0esixpack - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Isn’t Courtney Lee paying attention? bozosforall has declared that the Celtics have no chance to win next year.

    Then again bozosforall staked his reputation on his declaration that the Heat stood no shot against any team in the West – so perhaps bozo sill help seal the deal.

    To those wondering why the Celts didn’t sign Lee before Terry, it’s probably because the Celtics stronger interest in Lee is driven by Bradley’s additional surgery.

    If Bradley comes back fully healthy mid season and the Celtics land Courtney Lee as well, that additional shoulder surgery could be a blessing in disguise.

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