The Boston Celtics are currently on a five game winning streak in the absence of star point guard Rajon Rondo and guard Courtney Lee has been playing much better during this recent stretch. With his recent play and fairly friendly contract, it probably makes more sense to hang onto him now rather than trade him for a potential asset. It really just depends on what you could get for him. If a team is going to offer a first round pick that would fall within the lottery or just outside of it, then yes you obviously move Lee. But if a team is just low balling the Celtics, then they obviously should keep him.
Lee has his limitations and he will obviously never be a star in this league, that much is a given. The Celtics were ecstatic to acquire him over the offseason as he has been to an NBA Finals and seemed like a perfect fit for the team’s systems, especially on the defensive end. At the time, Avery Bradley was still injured and team absolutely needed a fill in. It took some time for Lee as he started off this season horribly and his overall numbers still look rather putrid compared to what the team was expecting, but the Lee-Bradley starting backcourt is actually working pretty well and keeping Lee allows the team to remain with their current hierarchy of guards, with Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry as the first two guys off the bench.
Lee has been playing much better as of late and it is now no longer a certainty that the team trades him before the trading deadline in a few weeks.
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