According to Yahoo Sports, the Boston Celtics have acquired shooting guard Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade for 2011 first round draft pick JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and a second-round pick acquired from the Thunder. Lee had been rumored for the past couple weeks to have been on the Celtics radar. The 26-year-old guard has been one of their top targets throughout the offseason, but the Celtics did not have the cap room to sign him outright.
The Celtics explored a sign-and-trade for Jason Terry earlier this week until signing him for the full MLE. President of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, was able to acquire Lee who had a strong desire to play for Boston.
"I have a great relationship with Doc, from the first time I stepped on an NBA court," said Courtney Lee. "(The Celtics) expressed their interest, I expressed my interest -- it’s up to the front offices and my agent," said Lee earlier in the negotiation process. He stressed that being a part of a contender ranked high on his wish list.
Last season with the Houston Rockets, Lee averaged 11.4 points per game with a 40 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The athletic guard is also known for his high flying dunks and ability to run the floor, which will allow him to flourish alongside Rondo.
The comparisons will be never ending for Lee, since the departure of the Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, and he will have to deal with that for the rest of the season. But luckily, he will be given the starting shooting guard spot out of the gate, allowing Jason Terry to do what he does best as the 6th man of the team. Once Avery Bradley is healthy it will be an interesting battle, to say the least, for the starting spot. Ainge surely pulled off this years "Brandon Bass" trade in similar fashion with Lee.