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Celtics Morning Joe: Lee could be a nice fit in Boston

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Courtney Lee isn't an overwhelming scorer. He can give you 12 points a game, and his career average is 10 a game. Maybe Lee could flourish with Rondo. Lee would be a defensive upgrade over Allen, and come on, Rondo, and others can pick up the scoring slack. We won't have to see Rondo wast 15 seconds off the shot clock, waiting for Allen to get open. Let's face it, Allen wasn't finding open shots that easy anymore.

Boston Globe

"Lee, who averaged 11.4 points per game last season in Houston, said he would like to get something done with the Celtics.

“Me and Doc, we’ve always had a relationship since I’ve been in the NBA,” he said. “I’m a friend of both of his kids, Austin and Jeremiah. We work out together, always see each other. Me and Doc always speak. There’s interest there, but there was no verbal agreement or anything, just hearing each other out. He expressed his interest. I expressed my interest.

“It’s not basketball-wise that needs to be discussed, it’s the front office and my agent that needs to communicate and go from there.”

When asked his most important priority, Lee said: “I want to win. I got a taste of the playoffs and going all the way to the Finals my rookie year [with Orlando in 2009]. I want to get back there. Boston, everybody knows their record and what they’ve accomplished over the years especially with Doc and having KG [Kevin Garnett] and Paul [Pierce], [Rajon] Rondo’s still there. So that’s a team I feel will win and continue to win. That’s one factor in the decision.”


I guess the question for some will be MP, or Lee?I love MP's attitude, and love of the game, but on pure talent it' needs to be Lee.

The Celtics do not have the salary-cap space to sign Lee for what he is worth, so the next-best option is a sign-and-trade with the Rockets, the team that just pulled Lee’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.


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Reply paul
6:27 AM on July 10, 2012 
I too am liking the idea of Lee. But I just not sure it's a good idea to give up picks for him that we may need later for some other, more important trade. I guess it all depends on what we'd have to give up.
Reply Celticslifer
11:00 AM on July 10, 2012 
Lee seems like the player were after, so lets get this done. Lee, is a solid replacement on the bench.
Reply Greg
11:53 AM on July 10, 2012 
I would like to see this happen. MP,Lee, and Wilcox to round up the bench. Just wish we could have Dooling. I would drop Williams for Dooling
Reply C'slife
11:54 AM on July 10, 2012 
I would keep Lee on the list, I would work on something bigger if possible, but that's harder said than done really.
Reply paul
12:10 PM on July 10, 2012 
I just don't want to spend assets on Lee that we may need later. Still, apparently, he is someone who can run with Rondo.