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

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On January 7, 2014 @ 12:11 pm In General | 8 Comments

The Celtics [1] finalized a trade that sent Courtney Lee [2] and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Grizzlies [3] in exchange for Jerryd Bayless.

As part of the deal, the Celtics [1] acquired Ryan Gomes [4] 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 [3] 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 [5].

Bayless arrived in Denver on Monday and is expected to be available against the Nuggets, according to the Celtics [1] public relations staff. He will wear No. 11, same as Lee.

“We’€™ve always like Jerryd,”€ Ainge told the Herald [6]. ‘€”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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[1] Celtics: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] Courtney Lee: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/courtney-lee.htm

[3] Grizzlies: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/grizzlies.htm

[4] Ryan Gomes: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/ryan-gomes.htm

[5] here: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2014/01/05/how-a-courtney-lee-for-jerryd-bayless-trade-affects-danny-ainges-celtics-future/

[6] Ainge told the Herald: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2014/01/celtics_notebook_deal_grows_contracts

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