NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Danny Ainge Lands Courtney Lee: Finalizing Deal With Houston
NBA sources everywhere are saying the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets are very close to finalizing a sign and trade that will land them the guard they covet in Courtney Lee. The deal is rumored to be Boston sending second year players E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, former NBA draft bust Sean Williams, and the second round pick that Boston got from OKC for Lee.
The deal makes sense for both teams. Lee has made it clear that he wants to play for Boston. The Rockets are trying to dump payroll and acquire assets in order to deal for Dwight Howard. They would be getting two solid young players with promise and a draft pick and a filler contract that they can cut. Boston would be getting the player they need to add the depth at guard. Ray Allen is gone and Avery Bradley might miss some time. This means Boston now can go into the year with a rotation of Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, and Jason Terry.
Boston might not be done getting players with some roster spots now open. They could add a little more depth at the guard and small forward spot. Should Boston sign Mickael Pietrus like many expect with the bi annual exception then depth would not be an issue as Pietrus would be a solid shooting guard option and can play small forward as well. Boston could also bring back veteran Keyon Dooling should he still be looking for a job at the veteran minimum to add even further depth.
The deal looks about done and once again Danny lands his man. Despite not being able to pull off the sign and trade with Dallas for Terry and keep the mid level for Lee, he figured out a way to get the job done and land his man. Good, bad, or otherwise, Ainge usually gets the target that he is shooting for and this looks true again with Lee coming to Boston depute many believing there was not much chance. This is why Ainge is a great executive. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!