NBA Trade Rumors 2013: Boston Celtics To Shop Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford
(Photo : Reuters and Wikipedia) Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee
With a logjam in the shooting guard position, the Boston Celtics are expected to make additional player movements as they put together their rebuilding plan this offseason.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge surprised everybody after breaking up the core of their championship years by trading Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a bunch of journeymen (Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, and MarShon Brooks) and draft picks.
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The Celtics also drafted Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson, while signing Vitor Faverani and Phil Pressey to contracts. Suddenly, the Celtics have 18 players on their roster. However, there's nothing more confounding than the situation in their backcourt, particularly in the off-guard position.
According to latest report by ESPN, the Celtics are committing $16.2 million to five off-guard players: Jordan Crawford, Courtney Lee, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, and Avery Bradley.
The report states that Bradley is untradeable because of his defense and still-developing game. The Celtics will also likely keep Bogans for his leadership and grittiness on the defensive end.
Brooks, who was drafted 25th overall by the Celtics before he was traded to the Nets in 2011, will have a chance to develop his confidence under head coach Brad Stevens after struggling as a back-up for Joe Johnson last season.
It is possible the Celtics will likely move either or both Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford before training camp primarily because the players did not live up to expectations last year.
Lee averaged 7.8 points and 2.4 rebounds while Crawford produced 11.6 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, though he was hardly a factor for the Celtics after he got traded by the Wizards before last year's trade deadline.
Ainge confirmed last week that he's going to make "necessary decisions and choices in the next few months," meaning the two players are certainly in limbo.