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

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.”