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Bayless wants to make Boston home, Bayless plays big in first game in Boston

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Bayless has moved around in his NBA career, and it sounds like he hopes that this may be his last stop for awhile at least. My first reaction about the trade was that Danny was cutting salary, and I knew Bayless was good, and that it would be an upgrade for the Celtics in some areas, but I didn't know he'd be this good. Bayless scored 17 points, and leading the Celtics 4th quarter rally with 15 points in the 4th. Bayless is a legit player, and adds something that Lee couldn't. Bayless allows Crawford to be Crawford, and Bayless can be a true type of point guard when Rondo comes back.


"It's tough; it's tough," he told CSNNE.com prior to Monday's loss to Houston. "It was a six-hour stretch from when I got traded to where I had to get on a plane and play in Denver."

He's hoping the inconvenience of the trade will conveniently position him for being with the Celtics beyond this season.

"I love the situation," said Bayless who will become a free agent this summer. "I love the opportunity. I told Brad (Stevens, Boston's head coach) and I told Danny (Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations) since I've been here, I really want to make this my home for a while. Hopefully I'll be able to do it."

Bayless was a big spark for the Celtics in the 4th, and it was nice seeing him so active, and easy to look for a role as a clutch guy. Bayless is no hack, he wasn't a player brought in to lead Danny's tank movement. Bayless is a legit talent, and not a player that will cause problems. Lee was unhappy with his role at a growing rate, and Danny couldn't use him once Rondo returned, so Danny went out and traded for a solid combo guard in Bayless, who plays more point then shooting guard. This was a good move, and the Celtics proved that once again.

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Reply jlil89
11:19 AM on January 14, 2014 
Once again. Smart trade. Keep it up General Danny.
Reply paul
11:40 AM on January 14, 2014 
Blatant tank move. Rondo's return makes Lee a player Danny couldn't use? Ludicrous. If it affected anyone that way, it was Crawford. It was a salary-shedding tank move. But it also seems to have had an up side. Bayless seems motivated, and we know that Lee was chronically unhappy. The Lee experiment needed to end. Someone at Celtics Blog suggested that having three streaky scorers in Crawford, Brooks and Bayless, we might actually be able to find someone with the hot hand more consistently. Interesting thought. So it was a tank move, with upside. A good move I think. Keep drinking the koolaide shawn.
Reply jlil89
12:55 PM on January 14, 2014 
You're a fucking loser. Get lost.

We will drink all the green Kool-Aid we want. Better than the Haterade your consuming.
Reply Greg
1:17 PM on January 14, 2014 
Paul why are you wasting your time. Who out there besides you believes this was a bad move,or a tank move? Like I said to you before, your acting like we traded Sully,or Bradley,someone important. Lee was replaceable, and Bay less has done it. You lost all creditability with us here.
Reply Morena
3:49 PM on January 14, 2014 
I agree with you, Shawn.
I didn't like a bit what Lee said and did last year after Rondo went down, and this year I believe he already had something to say against Stevens because he didn't get the chance to play more minutes.
We need team guys.