The Boston Celtics have made a trade that doesn’t involve All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. According to Boston.com on Jan. 5, the Celtics have reached an agreement that will send shooting guard Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Jerryd Bayless.
The deal was confirmed by a source close to the Boston Globe on Monday. The deal gives the Celtics a younger guard that could perhaps backup Rondo when he does return. It also gives them some financial flexibility and clears up a logjam at the shooting guard position.
Lee has been up in down in his brief time with the Celtics, but has provided intensity off the bench for the Celtics. Lee averaged 7.4 points per game for the Celtics while average 16.8 minutes of playing time this season. In anticipation of the deal, Lee thanked fans and the organization on his personal Instagram account.
“Would like to thank every1 in the Celtics organization for the opportunity to be a Celtics. I enjoyed my time in Boston and am grateful…Would also like to thank the fans for the amazing year and a half journey. We started off a little rocky, but I got my game back right so thanks for the extra motivation #allgoodthingscometoanend!!!”
With the Celtics currently struggling, the deal gives Lee an opportunity to play for a contender. It also frees up nearly $11 million that was left on Lee’s contract, which helps the Celtics financially.
In return, Jerryd Bayless joins the team bringing athleticism and an explosive scoring touch.