Found July 23, 2012 on D's Sports Nuts:
Courtney Lee should add some scoring and youth to an exciting C's roster (Bleacher Report)
The Celtics summer of wheeling and dealing has continued this week. The sign-and-trade deal for shooting guard Courtney Lee was finally completed this week, Jason Collins was signed, and Dionte Christmas was signed after a solid Summer League performance.

First, the Lee deal.  Lee was acquired from the Houston Rockets in a three team deal, wherein the Celtics gave up JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and a 2nd Round pick to the Rockets and Sasha Pavlovic to the Trail Blazers.  The Celtics did not lose much in the deal from my point of view.  Moore and Johnson could have made a small impact this season but Lee should surpass anything that they hoped to do.
Lee is a 38.6% three point shooter for his career, which the C's will surely need without Ray Allen.

The Western Kentucky product was a first round draft choice in 2008 by Orlando.  His deal has been reported to be a fully guaranteed, 4 year, $21.5 million deal. USA TODAY

The signing of Collins will give the team depth on the bench and possibly fill Greg Stiemsma's role now that the Steamer will be in Minnesota.  Collins is not much of an offensive threat but he is big and is willing to play defense. Here is ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg's take on Collins:
"Collins allowed a mere 0.748 points per play last season, ranking in the 88th percentile among all NBA players, according to Synergy Sports data. He's stout in the post and can defend the pick-and-roll. Able to match up with players of all shapes and sizes, Collins has the potential to thrive in Boston the way Stiemsma did when he settled into the team's defensive system, though Collins is not as much of a shot-blocker or rebounder."
Collins was signed to a veteran minimum contract for 1 year.

Christmas is an interesting story because he played his way onto the Celtics training camp roster in the Las Vegas Summer League.  I caught a little of the game today against the Clippers summer team and he looked like he could play against that caliber of talent.  NBA TV's Greg Anthony said that he believes he has NBA talent but doubted he would be a Celtic because of cap issues.  Christmas' deal is only partially guaranteed so he could end up elsewhere in the league or overseas.


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