News sites around the internet are reporting that the Celtics have acquired the Houston Rockets’ Courtney Lee in exchange for E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams, and JaJuan Johnson. I first reported this story 12 days ago on Twitter (see below) and subsequently Celtic-Nation in an article titled, Bolstering the Backcourt. At the time I had been informed that Johnson would be one of the moving parts in the trade, but other players had not been disclosed.
Losing depth is never a good thing, but when you have a chance to turn two guys that would have struggled to average a combined 12 minutes per game, and get a legitimate starter, you have to do it. I applaud Danny Ainge for getting this trade done. Moore, Johnson, Williams are all highly replaceable. I do not know what Daryl Morey is planning to do with his platoon of power forwards, especially now that he has added Johnson. These young guys can’t all play at once – with the exception of Royce White who has demonstrated that he has insane passing abilities for a power forward.
The addition of Courtney Lee gives us a slasher, a 3 point shooter, a decent sized guard, and it make us a lot more versatile. The big question mark hanging over his head is his regression at the defensive end. I thought he was going to be a stud defensively after watching him in his rookie year with Orlando, but he has deteriorated considerably on defense from then. I’m hoping that our culture rubs off on him, and that our defensive coaches can work with him to fix some of his issues – all the potential is there for him to be an all-NBA defender.
Lee should be able to step in immediately as the starter at shooting guard, letting Jason Terry play his familiar 6th man role, while also allowing Avery Bradley to be eased back into the line-up once he returns from shoulder surgery.
This has easily been the best Celtics off-season since we landed KG and Ray. Just remember, you heard this trade on Celtic Nation first.
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