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Celtics make Jerryd Bayless for Courtney Lee trade official, waive Ryan Gomes

01.07.14 at 12:11 pm ET
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The Celtics finalized a trade that sent Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for Jerryd Bayless.

As part of the deal, the Celtics acquired Ryan Gomes from the Thunder and subsequently waived him. The remainder of Gomes’ $884,293 salary would have become guaranteed had the C’s not released him on Tuesday.

Bayless, 25, averaged 8.0 points (41.9 FG%, 35.3 3P%, 83.6 FT%), 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game in 30 appearances for the Grizzlies this season, but his $3.1 million contract is Danny Ainge‘s biggest acquisition. While Bayless becomes a free agent this summer, Lee is owed $11.1 million over the next two seasons on top of the remainder of this season’s $5.2 million salary.

We discussed the trade’s impact on the salary cap and how Ainge might exercise his newfound flexibility going forward here.

Bayless arrived in Denver on Monday and is expected to be available against the Nuggets, according to the Celtics public relations staff. He will wear No. 11, same as Lee.

“We’€™ve always like Jerryd,”€ Ainge told the Herald. ‘€”He’€™s played really well against us, and we’€™re intrigued to see what he can do now. We like that he can play some point guard.”

As for Lee, Ainge added, “€œCourtney has played real well in a limited role for us this year. I also know he was not happy with his role. But I think he’€™s a good player for Memphis to acquire.”

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