Courtney Lee Goes To Celtics In Sign-And-Trade

The Boston Celtics have acquired Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Houston Rockets.

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Courtney Lee Meets With Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, According To Report

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers reportedly met with free agent Courtney Lee in Orlando on Saturday, according to Sam Amick of SI.com. The Houston Rockets are reportedly interested in a sign-and-trade that would send the guard to Boston.

From Amick:

Source confirms Boston coach Doc Rivers met with free agent shooting guard Courtney Lee on Saturday and that Houston - his former team - is interested in a possible sign-and-trade to send Lee to the Cs. The meeting was in Orlando, where Lee trains and where Rivers lives in the offseason, so it was a convenient connection. In addition to the suitors @ESPNSteinLine listed in his report on the meeting (Minnesota, Atlanta, Indiana, Dallas and Phoenix), source says Washington is in the mix. Chicago is also interested but a necessary sign-and-trade with the Bulls seems unlikely.

The Celtics are still reeling from the loss of Ray Allen to the Miami Heat. Lee would help fill the void. He averaged 11.4 points per game last season and shot 40.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Boston doesn't have enough room under their salary cap to sign Lee outright, but a sign-and-trade would allow them to finagle the move.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls have also been mentioned in connection with the 26-year-old shooting guard.

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NBA Free Agency: Courtney Lee Unrestricted After Rockets Pull Qualifying Offer

In a bit of a surprising move, the Houston Rockets have pulled their qualifying offer from guard Courtney Lee, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.

The Rockets are reportedly hot after free agent point guard Jeremy Lin, and pulling their offer for Lee has some speculating that it's a way to make room for Lin on the roster. It's still possible, though unlikely, the Rockets will try to keep Lee.

Lee should garner plenty of interest on the open market for his services. Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic, Lee was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a move for Vince Carter, and then part of a four-team deal that sent him to the Houston Rockets. Lee played in 139 games for the Rockets over the past two seasons.

For more on the Rockets, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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