According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee. While the Celtics are interested in adding height to their roster via trade or free agency, trading Lee might be an option. Although, Lee has played very well since the news of Rajon Rondo being shut down for the rest of the season with a partial ACL tear.
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The Grizzlies are not done dealing, according to multiple sources — they’re just not looking to do any more stripping. The Grizzlies are far enough under the luxury tax that they’re willing to utilize at least part of their $7.5 million trade exception to add some perimeter help. Acquiring SG Courtney Lee, who Boston would consider flipping for some frontline help, was discussed but the Celtics aren’t looking just to drop salary but add size. That, of course, is if they continue their current run since Rajon Rondo went down; the winning streak apparently has GM Danny Ainge feeling an obligation to KG and Paul Pierce to give them whatever he can to take one more shot rather than move one of his veterans and begin rebuilding.
However, in a straight-up trade, there is no player the Celtics can get in return that would work financially. It’s possible that a third team could get involved which would likely make a trade bigger involving more players. But are the Celtics willing to part ways with a guard who is playing great as of late?
It would be typical of Danny Ainge to make a small trade, but the way Boston has played recently, he may consider looking to free agency to find a forward or center. The Celtics definitely need some front line help, but if Memphis is the only trade parter, Boston is not likely to get anything great in return. Another factor is, without Rondo it might not be wise to trade a guard because then the backcourt’s depth becomes thin.
Some decisions will have to be made soon. As I see it, I think Dany Ainge stays with what he has unless the Celtics lose convincingly in their last three games before the All-Star break. Boston has been on a roll recently winning six straight. The question now is, does Ainge think Boston has enough to go the distance and get back to the Finals?