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Report: Courtney Lee going to Celtics in sign-and-trade

Jul 19, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

Courtney Lee

Ray Allen, Celtics fans are going to miss you. But they are really going to like the guy filling your role.

Boston has reached a deal to acquire Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Celtics to acquire G Courtney Lee from Rockets in a sign and trade sending back F JaJuan Johnson, sources tell Y! Details being finalized.

Later reports say the Celtics are sending Johnson, E’Twaun MooreSean Williams and a second round pick, which is a steeper price. But is still worth it. Lee is an almost ideal fit for them — and he has said he wants to play in Boston. Lee has a long-standing relationship with coach Doc Rivers.

Lee is a 6’5” two guard who is one of the better defenders in the league on the perimeter. He also shot 40.7 percent from three last year. So he can come off the bench in Boston, space the floor and fit right in with their defensive mindset. He also has finals experience from his 2009 run with the Orlando Magic. Think that can work on this roster?

Boston this summer has brought back Kevin Garnett, added Jeff Green and now Lee for depth on the wing, signed Jason Terry, plus added Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. They got better. Deeper and better. It may not be enough to knock off a healthy Heat team, but they have gotten a little closer to them.

For the Rockets, that’s another quality young player you can throw in a future trade for Dwight Howard, or whatever star you chase after him if he goes Hollywood.

  1. skinsfanwill - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    This is not the run and gun west coast. Ray Allen will drop 30 on him. He adds depth, but he is nothing for Miami to worry about. Let’s see how good his defense is against Wade and company. It sure didn’t look like Houston was exactly “a hard to score on” team.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      I didn’t realize that a guy who started 26 games was responsible for Houston’s defensive woe’s.

    • homelanddefense - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      he actually shut ray down when Orlando played the Celtics in the playoffs a few years back

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Agreed, the creakers will continue to look up to the HEAT as they have for the past two years.

  2. danielcp0303 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    There will have to be more players involved for the trade to work. Moore and Williams will most likely be heading to Houston, as well as a 2nd round pick

  3. dylude - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Courtney is a top 10 defender at his position so anyone who denies that either is uninformed or blatantly dumb.

    Avery Bradley / Courtney Lee means Wade will have to work every minute he is on the court. He can still score 30 because he is D Wade but in a 7 game series he’ll be too worn out to keep it up. This means LeBron will have to carry the Heat past the Celtics again, whether wade is injured or healthy.

    • juanandonly24 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Wade + Ray Allen > Avery Bradley + Courtney Lee

      • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        These individual comparisons of players are so ridiculous and beside the point. KG is better than Joel Anthony. Who cares? It’s about continuity and how they fit into the grand scheme of what the team does. Boston got younger, more athletic, and better defensively with this trade than they were with Ray Allen.

        At the end of the day, it comes down to Lebron, Wade, Bosh and their perimeter shooters. For Boston, it comes down to Rondo’s playmaking, the health of their older players, and supporting pieces.

        Injuries happen. Right now I’d put Miami at 1a) and Boston at 1b), then Indiana and Chicago.

      • juanandonly24 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        You had me ’til you put Boston on the same tier as Miami

      • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        They ARE on the same tier as Miami. A team with virtually no depth and injured took the Heat to 7 games and just got better, deeper, younger, and more athletic and they’re not a threat to the Heat?

        I get that the Heat improved too and are the defending champs. I still think they’re the favorites, but Boston is a threat.

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        Remember, while Boston had injuries Miami won a title while Dwyane Wade had a knee that needed surgery and Bosh played through an abdominal injury that would have had him out anywhere but the finals. Forget Ray Allen, they get a lot better next year in the playoffs if those two are close to healthy.

      • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Hence why I called Miami the favorites. But, Boston is better than last year. From mid-way through the Indiana series on, Wade’s knee didn’t seem to affect his performance that much. Boston also had no Green, Wilcox, Bradley, and a gimpy Allen. I’ve said this before: you can’t overlook that.

        Rondo is still a matchup problem for the Heat. If I’m asked to pick a winner today, I’m still picking the Heat.

      • juanandonly24 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        Yeah, Boston will be a threat to the Heat, but that’s a different thing than being on the same tier as them. How long would have Boston lasted had Paul Pierce (their 3rd best player) been injured during the series?

      • homelanddefense - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Pierce was injured during that series. He was injured for the whole playoffs and it showed.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      or the bosh man will be healthy this time around..

  4. kjereld615 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    All i have to say is what an amazing job Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics has done this off season. The Celtics had little to work with but still manages to acquire quality players through free agency and the draft. Yeah Ray Allen and Stiem are gone but with the new acquisitions of Lee, Terry and the resigning of Wilcox and Jeff Green along with the draft picks the transition will be much smoother for us Celtics fans. Extremely excited for next season!

    • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Can you honestly say any GM has done a better job than Danny Ainge this offseason? If someone were to suggest Boston could re-sign KG, Bass, Green, and Wilcox, sign Jason Terry, sign and trade for Courtney Lee, and draft a top 10 quality player, and add potentially solid center, would you have believed it? I wouldn’t.

      Now, all they have left is to sign a backup PG (hopefully Dooling) and maybe entice Darko to join and this is one of the deepest teams in the league.

    • bohica3 - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Getting Melo, Sullinger, & Joseph was the best draft since Bias in 86. Ainge has a bit of Aurebach in him.

  5. doctorfootball - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Wow. Houston is really building a championship roster. Lin, Kevin Martin, and now Johnson? Lookout Thunder and Heat! The Rockets are coming!! Unless they get Dwight, the Rockets are going to be awful to watch.

    • llfreedman - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Don’t forget their at least 8 power forwards on the team: Parsons, Patterson, Brockman, Morris, Jones, Aldemir, White, Smith, and now Johnson. Some of those guys can also play center but wow.

    • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      It’s almost comical, but let’s not pretend Houston is trying to compete for a championship this year. They are trying to build a young nucleus or make a move for Dwight. They will be amongst the worst teams in the league, but it’s a necessary move.

    • bozosforall - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      Looks like McHale once again comes to the Celtics’ rescue with a bogus deal for the side that pays his salary. First he screws the TWolves and gives Boston KG for garbage, now this.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        Hey, idiot, it was a sign and trade. Their option was to let Lee simply walk away or to do a sign and trade with him to get ANYTHING opposed to NOTHING.

      • bozosforall - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        Hey idiot, it doesn’t change the fact that, once again, a McHale-lad team gave the Celtics, as opposed to any other team, a lopsided deal that benefitted Boston and raped the other team.

      • bougin89 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        bozo…Thats a clown comment, bro.

        On a serious note, your comment is pretty ignorant.

      • bozosforall - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        No near as ignorant as you, fool.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Raped the other team? HE WAS A FREE AGENT! McHale made sure he got SOMETHING instead of NOTHING? You can’t possibly be this stupid.

      • bozosforall - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        Typical crybaby comment from a typical crybaby Boston loser.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Man the Cs roster got younger and deeper. Terry can play point off the bench with 2 good defensive guards.
    All thats missing is another rebounding center.
    Im praying for a healthy season for this squad. Riles, you worried?

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      uh…No…. Pat Riley

  7. jjordannba - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Boston’s bench is a lot better now and has a lot of depth which means fresher legs in the playoffs and actual contributions when the starters come out the game

    • dal24la - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Boston’s bench definitely has depth at the wing but they almost have too much depth if all their wings stay healthy. I don’t know if there is enough minutes at the SG/SF between C.Lee (30mpg last year), Paul Pierce (38.5 mpg, obviously coming down), Avery Bradley (24 mpg), Jeff Green ( 24 mpg in his brief Boston tenure), and Jason Terry (31mpg)

      • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        Won’t be a problem. Terry can slide over to PG, which means more rest for Rondo. Instead of Pierce playing 38-40 minutes a night, they have Green. Green can also slide over to the 4 in small lineups. Wilcox, Sullinger, Bass, Melo and KG can all be shuffled around. Lee will get all the minutes he wants until Bradley comes back, then Lee can the scoring punch on the second unit. Injuries happen, so they are going to need all the depth they can get.

        Terry, Lee, Green, and Sullinger ain’t a bad second unit. There won’t be a huge dropoff in scoring when they go to their bench.

      • dal24la - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Personally I’d rather start Lee but otherwise I like your post.

  8. danfrommv - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Houston will also get a highly overpaid Omar Asik from the Bulls. Quite a team indeed. Challenging the Bobcats for the worst all time winning percentage. Picks, baby, Picks.

  9. dylude - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    The full trade is…..

    Houston gets…. Charlotte’s 2nd rounder, JaJuan Johsnon, E’Twaun Moore, and Sean Williams

    Boston gets…. Courtney Lee

    Everyone laughing at this move doesn’t understand what Morey is doing. You are thinking in terms of checkers, Morey is playing chess.

    More picks, prospects, and non guaranteed contracts to send to Orlando. Cleveland doesn’t have enough to offer a better deal than Houston and Morey is making sure of it.

    Keeping Lee, Lowry, etc doesn’t make the Rockets competitive with the Thunder so your comment has no basis. Either you’re a contender or you’re trying to be one. This is Morey acquiring movable assets to become a contender.

    Patience. Morey is smarter than me and definitely smarter than y’all. GMs attend his classes to learn from him.

  10. j0esixpack - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Damn… That’s a pretty one sided trade in favor of Boston. Maybe one of those guys develops for Houston and it’s a good trade for both teams, but a of now the Celts have turned the loss of Allen into some major upgrades.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Only officially a trade. He wasn’t re-signing with Houston. Just was a way for Houston to get something instead of nothing.

  11. rocketsbb - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I guess we’ll have Lin Kmart and forwards for every backup and position for our team. Don’t forget only one of those guys has played in the league 5+ years….. We’re screwed over….

    • passerby23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      Rockets should keep E’Twaun Moore. The kid is playing well in summer league and has the potential to be a solid contributor. Word is Houston will waive him, but I think they should give him a chance in their system.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Terry can play the point too.
    2nd unit:
    Terry and Lee at guard
    Green and Wilcox at forward
    Sullinger at Center.
    KG, Bass, Pierce, Bradley and Romeo starting.
    Joesph and Memo rounding out 1st 12.
    I will miss Ray, Ray. But this team is a whole lot better and deeper than last year.

  13. magicbucs - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Good for you Courtney. We miss you in Orlando still. Otis smith should of got fired back then for trading you for Vince carter.

  14. misterdreamer119 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Ainge is an ace GM. Ray Allen was great at on point but I will never forget all the shots he missed in game 7 against the Fakers in the finals. Cs shoulda kept Tony Allen. Celtics need one more piece. Darko or Greg Oden. There is really only one old guy on the roster now KG. Pierce had a knee injury at the end.

  15. paulhargis53 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Juan He WAS hurt!

    Kurt/Juan:

    Along with Pierce’s knee being effed,Slowness ankles were shot, Bradley was out with his shoulders.
    Green and Wilcox were out with heart ailments.
    Maybe none of those guys are on a level of Wade, but 2/5 of the starting lineup is banged up and 3 good bench players are out.

    Yet this team took the champagne to 7 games in the ECF, give them some credit.
    Kurt, you’re job should preclude you from showing bias.
    Boston got a lot better. Bradley and Pierce will be healthy. The 2nd unit will be vastly superior to last year.

    Miami may have the star power, but Boston improved way more than the Heat did overall.

    Next season is going to be interesting.

  16. paulhargis53 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    My apologies for the spell check errors…..Yeeesh!

  17. dko83 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Celtics just got better. This guy will lock down the other 2, drain open threes, and run a great fast break with Rondo…

  18. shaft1234 - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Best wishes to Courtney Lee with his new team. Great fit, Boston needed a go to guy to replace ray Allen. Wished that the rockets would have kept their offer on the table. You live and.learn.

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