Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge has finally exhausted all options on the sign and trade front to land free agent guard Jason Terry. The writing that a sign and trade was not going to get done was all over the wall after Dallas signed free agent O.J. Mayo. Although it was never a secret that Dallas did not like Boston’s parts in the trade, there was still hope as a third team was rumored to jumping into the deal. However, in the end a deal could not be made and thus Ainge will be forced to use the mid level exception to get the sharp shooter off the bench for Boston. The good news is Boston landed a great player that finally gives Boston the scorer off the bench that it needed. The bad news is this move hurts Boston’s chances to land the other guard that they covet in Courtney Lee to help make the team deep like Doc Rivers needs in order to win games and conserve the veterans legs for the playoff push. Despite this blow to not have the mid level exception at the team’s disposal Boston is not dead in the Lee sweepstakes just yet.
Clearly Lee is not going to sign for the bi annual exception or the veteran minimum. This means Boston will have no choice, but to try to land Lee in a sign and trade with Houston. Boston still has pieces like draft picks (their own and even the second round pick from OKC) young pieces (E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson), and unsigned veterans (Keyon Dooling and Mickael Pietrus) to get the job done. The only question is do the Rockets bite?
The Rockets are not the Mavs. Houston does not have money to burn due to the fact Mark Cuban is not their owner. I do not believe that they can just let Lee walk for nothing and not get any assets in return. The problem is I just do not see another team not giving them a better offer for Lee. This means plan on Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling returning for another go around while Lee will take his solid offense and defense to another team. I do hope that I am wrong and the fact free agency is getting late and maybe some of Lee’s suitors are no longer there might help Boston’s chances. Stay tuned for more on this story as it develops. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!