Courtney Lee Hurting Boston Celtics
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18
The Boston Celtics have had a rather uneventful season thus far and one of the main reasons has been the complete no show performance by Courtney Lee. He has been a joke, averaging only six points per game and just fewer than three rebounds. Those numbers are certainly not what the Celtics signed up for and it really is a shame because they would have been much better off just resigning Mikael Pietrus for around the league minimum. They are paying a guy $22 million over four years who has basically been the equivalent of a 8th or 9th man.
Lee has been terrible and the Celtics need to admit their mistake with this signing. I will be the first to admit that I thought it was a good move at the time for the Celtics to acquire Lee. I thought they were getting a guy who could defend the opposing team’s best guard and a guy who could make perimeter shots consistently. Lee hasn’t really done either of those things and the team would do well in trying to shop him to see if another team would take a chance on him. Once Avery Bradley returns, presumably this month, the team will have too many guards and someone will not be getting much playing time. Let’s do the math: the team took off last season once Bradley was inserted into the lineup, so he will play. Jason Terry is not going to be sitting so it is down between Lee and Leandro Barbosa. Barbosa has been the better player this season and costs the team so much less. He can also play back-up point guard, offering additional versatility for head coach Doc Rivers to scheme with.
Courtney Lee has been a complete bust thus far and it might benefit both sides to cut their ties and move on.