|Boston's Courtney Lee is a valuable trade chip. (Getty Images)|
The Grizzlies are far enough under the luxury tax that they're willing to utilize at least part of their $7.5 million trade exception to add some perimeter help. Acquiring SG Courtney Lee, who Boston would consider flipping for some frontline help, was discussed but the Celtics aren't looking just to drop salary but add size.
The Grizzlies are looking for size as well, as Lionel Hollins has been grumpy about not having a backup center after sending Hamed Haddadi to Toronto in the Rudy Gay trade that he hated. (Never mind that Haddadi rarely played. Just brush over that part. You don't want to get Hollins started.)
So there's not a perfect deal to be made. Ed Davis, whom Hollins inexplicably doesn't think much of (again, don't ask), can't be traded with another player due to trade rules. The Grizzlies are high on Darrell Arthur, and he doesn't fit the Celtics' need for a legitimate center. If a deal were to be done to send Lee to Memphis, it would likely need a third team.
But Lee himself does fit several needs for the Grizzlies. He's an offense weapon who can spread the floor and score in transition at the rim without sacrificing defensive acumen. He and Tony Allen would form a pretty serious combination.
It appears both Boston and Memphis will be making a higher-than-average number of calls before the trade deadline, if we look at the number of reports coming in.