Marc Stein is reporting per ESPN that the Celtics have met with Houston Rockets free agent shooting guard Courtney Lee. Stein expanded on the situation:
“The Celtics don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Lee outright, but sources say the Rockets have let it be known that they’re willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals with both Marcus Camby and Lee amid the increasing likelihood that neither of those coveted free agents will be returning to Houston.”
I posted an article yesterday mentioning Courtney Lee as a potential target. A source I have spoken with has confirmed our interest in a Lee sign and trade, mentioning JaJuan Johnson as a potential candidate to be heading back to Houston. Other moving parts have not been disclosed yet, but the addition of a future Celtics pick is being discussed.
Lee averaged 11.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and connected on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Rockets in the 2011-12 season. Lee would figure to be a significant upgrade over Mickael Pietrus for the Celtics bench, but would be a defensive downgrade. After a stellar rookie campaign with Orlando, Lee has regressed defensively each season. He has great potentially defensively, and the Boston staff would relish working with such a keen young talent.
Lee can play small minutes at point guard, and small forward. He is the kind of versatile player we are looking to bring onto our team, someone that can fill in at multiple positions, along with Terry, Bradley, Green, and Garnett.
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