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.
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.