The Boston Celtics have been trying to clear up some cap space, and according to Marc Stein, they have traded SG Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies in return for guard Jerryd Bayless. Although Bayless has not been as productive as he was a year ago, he is still a good scorer and defender. Even though Lee has been shooting the ball well this season at 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from three, the Celtics are in need of another ball handler with Rajon Rondo still out from knee surgery.
The trade makes sense for the Grizzlies as well, as they are in desperate need of some shooting. The team has relied heavily on the shooting of Mike Conley and Mike Miller. With the loss of Quincy Pondexter for the season, Memphis does not have a lot of players that can stretch the floor. Bayless should also benefit from having Rondo on the floor when he comes back, as he is arguably the best passing point guard in the NBA.
This trade could possibly set up a bigger move for the Celtics before the trade deadline or in the offseason. Boston still has more pieces that can be moved, such as Brandon Bass and Jeff Green, so they may be gone next season if the right offer comes their way. Also expect for Kris Humphries to be gone or given a much smaller (and reasonable) contract. There are a lot of big names and valuable players that will be free agents after this season, and the Celtics are in desperate need of a scorer who can create his own shot. GM Danny Ainge has done a good job in the draft and recruiting players to come to Boston, so this trade may impact a large move for Boston in the future.
Chad Hunte is a Boston Celtics writer for RantSports.com. Follow Chad on twitter @chad_hunte.