This past off-season the when Celtics acquired guard Courtney Lee, he was offered a contract that basically said he could make Boston his new home. In his first five seasons in the NBA Lee has already played for four different teams after being drafted by the Orlando Magic in 2008. Being an athletic guard/forward with solid potential, Lee has yet to find his niche and make a name for himself in this league. Players with this resume aren't always offered a 4 year deal, so Ainge definitely see's, or saw, a bright future for Lee.
Since joining the Celts, Lee has yet to make an impression with his new team. His efficiency has been as inconsistent as his role on the team - starting out as a starter, being the reserve he was assigned to be, now back in the starting rotation. He has averaged a mere-career low 7.5 points per contest, after putting up 11.4 last season with the Houston Rockets, and a career low 32% from deep. Why the inconsistency? Is it the teams and players that he has played for? On paper, when 100% healthy, this years Celtics team is arguably the most talented squad that Courtney Lee has played for in his career. Even with all of the talent that the C's have (or have left), Lee is having his worst season of his young career.
From Ric Bucher: (As we noted here)
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.
The Celtics need Lee to break this horrific slump now. Rajon Rondo is out. Leandro Barbosa is out. The extremely deep back court the C's started the season with is suddenly paper thin, with only one guard coming off the bench. This is the prime opportunity for Lee to thrive and show what he is made of. Danny Ainge is actively shopping players to see what he can get in return, and Lee is in nearly every trade rumor. No surprise. You either show up, or you're shown the door and personally I would like to see Lee to stick around, but hes' got to play like the player he was brought in to be.
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