Celtics trade for Courtney Lee done, but it got very complex

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We told you a couple days ago that Boston had reached a sign-and-trade deal to get Courtney Lee from the Rockets — and that is a beautiful fit for Boston. They get a guy who can defend on the perimeter, knock down threes and come off the bench. A defensively better version of Ray Allen.

But before it got finalized the rest of the deal got more complex and now has three teams in play. Let’s spell it out for you.

The Rockets receive forward JaJuan Johnson (who reportedly is so ticked about the move he has threatened not to report), guard E’Twaun Moore (who is rumored to be in a second trade to Chicago), big man Sean Williams and Charlotte’s second-round pick in next year’s draft (which Boston had the rights to).

Boston also will send swingman Sasha Pavlovic to Portland and Houston gets the rights to guard Job Diebler from Portland.

Yes, it got a tad more complex.

And Boston gave up a fair amount in this deal, but they are in win now mode after bringing Kevin Garnett back and Lee fits into this. By brining back KG, re-signing Brandon Bass, getting Jason Terry and moves like this, the Celtics had a good summer. They got better.

Report: Courtney Lee going to Celtics in sign-and-trade

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Ray Allen, Celtics fans are going to miss you. But they are really going to like the guy filling your role.

Boston has reached a deal to acquire Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Celtics to acquire G Courtney Lee from Rockets in a sign and trade sending back F JaJuan Johnson, sources tell Y! Details being finalized.

Later reports say the Celtics are sending Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and a second round pick, which is a steeper price. But is still worth it. Lee is an almost ideal fit for them — and he has said he wants to play in Boston. Lee has a long-standing relationship with coach Doc Rivers.

Lee is a 6’5” two guard who is one of the better defenders in the league on the perimeter. He also shot 40.7 percent from three last year. So he can come off the bench in Boston, space the floor and fit right in with their defensive mindset. He also has finals experience from his 2009 run with the Orlando Magic. Think that can work on this roster?

Boston this summer has brought back Kevin Garnett, added Jeff Green and now Lee for depth on the wing, signed Jason Terry, plus added Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. They got better. Deeper and better. It may not be enough to knock off a healthy Heat team, but they have gotten a little closer to them.

For the Rockets, that’s another quality young player you can throw in a future trade for Dwight Howard, or whatever star you chase after him if he goes Hollywood.

Tuesday morning one liners (we’re talking haircuts)

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Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT.

The 50 worst haircuts in NBA history. Vladimir Radmanovic is way too low at No. 12.

Despite the reports to the contrary, the Nets do not have a deadline to get Dwight Howard or get out of the sweepstakes. The Magic are not working on anyone’s timetable but their own.

Pat Riley says the Heat remind him of the Showtime Lakers.

Amare Stoudemire has become self aware.

Brian Scalabrine is back as a Bull for one more season. Bulls fans rejoice because the White Mamba is back.

Omri Casspi had a minor knee injury in practice (he bumped knees with Luke Harangody) and will be out a few days.

Charlotte, Detroit, Sacramento, Denver, Toronto all have interest in Reggie Williams. Do not confuse this with a bidding war.

Anthony Parker has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Meanwhile the Raptors have signed Anthony Carter. That takes care of all the key Anthony free agents.

Josh Smith says he is going to shoot fewer threes this season. I’ll believe it when I see it, but Larry Drew prays Smith isn’t kidding.

The 76ers traded season tickets for twitter handles. They seem serious about these new mascots.

Stephen Jackson was on fire at media day, as only he can be.

Sasha Pavlovic is back with the Celtics for another season.

JaVale McGee looks good at Wizards training camp. We’ll wait until he’s done it for half a season before thinking about getting on any bandwagons.

The Celtics signed rookies JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore on Monday.

Danny Ainge is still looking for a reliable center. I hear Oklahoma City has one… oh, yea. Sorry.

How the Atlanta Hawks are like a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.

The Rockets are thinking about using their amnesty clause on Hasheem Thabeet.

Wizards fans want a Nick Young update, here is a Nick Young update. Or what there is of one.

Andrei Kirilenko is still deciding whether to stay in Russia or come back to the NBA, but if he does come back the Kings may be in the running.

Rumors are still floating around that Rudy Fernandez will ask the Mavericks to let him return to Europe. They will not by the way. These rumors pretty much all come out of Europe, but we pass them along.

The tangled web of Chris Paul, David Stern, and the blockbuster trade that wasn’t

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Last Friday, David Stern — acting as some amalgam of both owner of the New Orleans Hornets and commissioner of the NBA — put the kibosh on a trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, brought Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the Hornets, and shipped Pau Gasol to the Rockets. Those players would have significantly altered the futures of all three franchises involved in the deal, but thanks to Stern’s controversial decision, things have developed along a different timeline.

The ripple effects of Stern’s veto have been incredibly far-reaching, and upset the delicate balance of an already furious free agency period. Behold: an attempt to capture the 10-team, 28-player insanity that has resulted from Stern’s decision to block the Chris Paul blockbuster:

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Chart made by Rob Mahoney.

See a full-size version of the image here.