The Boston Celtics continued to get stronger and add more depth as the Houston Rockets agreed to send Courtney Lee to Boston as part of a sign-and-trade deal involving multiple teams on Friday, July 20.
Houston will receive Boston's second-round pick in the 2013 draft (originally owned by the Charlotte Bobcats), JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, and Sean Williams. The Rockets will also receive the rights to Jon Diebler from the Portland Trail Blazers. Boston completed the deal by sending Sasha Pavlovic to Portland.
Lee averaged 11.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game with the Rockets last season.
The addition of Lee allows the Celtics to get younger, which is certainly a major factor looking to the future. Paired with Avery Bradley, the Celtics now have two young shooting guards with plenty of energy. New addition Jason Terry can also provide some veteran leadership at the position as well.
As a fan of the Boston Celtics I feel this is another strong move made by Danny Ainge in an effort to improve the team while taking the future into consideration. The price may have been a bit steep in addition to Lee's four-year $21.5 million contract, but overall it may turn out to be worth it.
The fact Lee is a 38.6 percent career shooter from three-point range helps to fill the huge void left by Ray Allen's decision to leave Boston and join the NBA Champion Miami Heat. As much as I will always hold a place for Allen in my heart, I feel more confident in Avery and the two new additions moving forward.
The two biggest threats in the Atlantic Division--the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets have not done enough at this point to strike fear in the hearts of Celtics' fans. Even with the loss of Allen, the Celtics are still strong contenders to advance far into the playoffs next season.
Who knows what else may transpire before the start of the season. As it looks now, I am very confident in the roster even if no further moves are made.
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