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Report: Celtics trading Courtney Lee to Grizzlies for Jerryd Bayless

Jan 5, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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Despite the Celtics getting out to a better than expected start to the season, they’re still a team in a full-fledged rebuilding mode, which we’re reminded of by the news of the team’s latest trade.

Marc Stein of has the details:

It’s not official just yet, but Lee is likely being held out of Sunday night’s game in Oklahoma City. And more pieces beyond Lee and Bayless are likely to be involved when it is, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. A. Sherrod Blakely of confirmed the deal is close to happening.

The move is completely understandable from the Celtics’ perspective. Lee is owed more than $11 million over the next two seasons, while Bayless is on an expiring deal that pays him just $3.1 million this season. Boston would gain immediate cap flexibility, and get approximately a half-season of productivity out of a serviceable backup at the point guard position.

It’s less clear what the motivation in Memphis is, but once the trade has been finalized and we see all of the pieces involved it may make more sense.

  1. money2long - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    jordan crawford vs jerryd bayless one on one. who wins

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Rajon Rondo.

  2. basketballhooper1 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hmmm… I really liked Lee in Boston, he was a good fit. Sad to see him leave. :/

    • basketballhooper1 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Wish him all the best!

    • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Its just too bad the 11 million we owed him over the next two years just really didn’t fit into the financial plan.

  3. scalfor3 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    As a C’s fan, this is an awesome move. More flexibility going forward.

    I’m guessing the Grizz wanted to do this because they desperately need shooting.

  4. sawick48 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    courtney lee, his contract, and his above average shooting this season, all going to memphis for an expiring contract for a player who doesnt make anyone better. i love danny ainge. hes got this tanking thing down pat!

  5. JHathwell - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Time for Brad Stevens to work that Jordan Crawford magic on Bayless.

  6. peddealer - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I am a League Pass owner and haven’t given much time to the Grizzlies or Celtics this year… Anyone have a quick rundown (non-statistical) (objective or subjective) on players performances thus far this season…?

  7. iritian - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Even though Lee put up modest numbers he was very efficient both from the field and from 3pt range, it’s gonna be tough to see him leave but it’s been years since Boston has had a competent back up PG (I still say they should’ve kept Moore) and Bayless can put up big numbers when he gets hot. I wonder who else will be included to make the salaries match.

    • pharohislife - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Keyon Dooling was pretty good in his brief stint, probably the best of the big 3 era after the championship year

      • iritian - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Yeah, he couldn’t really orchestrate the offense but watching him and AB defend full court was a thing of beauty.

  8. raylangivens2 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The Grizzlies have a trade exception they got dealing Gay last year, it will cover more than half of Lee’s salary.

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