The Rockets continue their transition into rebuilding by doing a sign-and-trade with Courtney Lee, sending him to the Boston Celtics for Jajuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and a 2013 second-round pick that was originally the Charlotte Bobcats.
Lee was the Boston Celtics number one target, but they didn’t have the cap space to sign him. Lee wanted around $5 million a year, so the Celtics persuaded the Rockets to do a sign-and-trade.
Boston has also signed Jason Terry. A combination of Terry and Lee is far better than just Ray Allen at this stage in his career. The celtics replaced Allen with a younger guard in Lee who is 26, and bolstered their bench with a pure scorer in Terry. Not a bad offseason for the green men.
Lee expressed his desire to start wherever he signed. Last season as a starter for the Rockets he showed he could handle the job. In 26 starts he averaged 14 points on 40% shooting from behind the arc, 3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 36 minutes a game.
The Rockets will most likely waive Sean Williams, and possibly E’Twaun Moore as well. Houston is very intrigued with Jajuan Johnson however. He is very young and very raw. The Rockets already have numerous forwards on their team so i don’t see where he fits, but maybe they have something else up their sleeve before the season starts.
Courtney will be greatly missed here in Houston. He gained a lot of fans in just a short period of time. He is one of the most hard working players i’ve ever had the privilege to watch. A great defender and spot up shooter. Good luck in Boston, Courtney.