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It’s official: Grizzlies/Celtics/Thunder three-team trade involving Jerryd Bayless, Courtney Lee

Jan 7, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

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For a couple days you’ve been reading about a potential Jerryd Bayless swap for Courtney Lee, with the Thunder jumping in to offload Ryan Gomes.

Now it’s official, it has been announced by the teams. Here is who gets what:

Memphis Grizzlies: Lee plus a 2016 second round pick from Boston.

Boston Celtics: Bayless and Gomes (they are expected to waive Gomes before the end of Tuesday).

Oklahoma City Thunder: A conditional second round pick from Memphis in 2017.

Of course, the real question is why does this work for everyone.

For the Celtics, they save money in future years of Lee’s contract (he is owed $11 million for two seasons after this one) plus some this season on Gomes’s deal. They also get a ball handling guard who can create shots and may be a better fit for them while Rajon Rondo remains out. But really this was a talent downgrade and move to save money and gain flexibility, they aren’t trying to get better right now and win the division.

For the Grizzlies Lee is a good fit with what they need — shooting plus solid defense. He is knocking down 44 percent of his attempts from three this season on Memphis desperately needs shooting (especially with Quincy Pondexter lost for the season).

For Oklahoma City, the free up some money and a roster spot losing Gomes, likely in preparation for another move.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Alright…let’s grease the wheels on the trade machine fellas.

    C’mon other teams…don’t be shy…I wanna see things get spiced up.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      This deal: Mild Salsa
      Deng/Bynum deal: Medium Salsa:

      I want to see the salsa that they sell in Beef Jerky stores in Florida with skulls on the label and some obscure chili as the main ingredient.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Great analogy!!

        I’m looking for that Satan’s Fire Pit Core Of The Sun salsa!

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Thanks for the memories Courtney. Still don’t know how you got buried in Doc’s playoffs rotation last year. Best of luck moving forward!

  3. chicagofan - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Bayliss was nasty against the Celts this year and may not be the talent down grade you speak of.

  4. j0esixpack - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    This is a win win trade – Lee is too good to stay with Boston – the Grizzlies simply pick up a very fair contract for an asset of a player.

    Memphis is going to like this guy. He was appreciated by Boston fans

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