Rockets agree to sign-and-trade Courtney Lee to Celtics

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

Talk about a nice move slipped in after free agency's big fireworks.

The Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a sign-and-trade agreement with the Houston Rockets that would net guard Courtney Lee in exchange for forward JaJuan Johnson, according to Yahoo Sports. The Boston Herald reports that the Celtics will send forward E'Twaun Moore and guard Sean Williams and a second-round pick along with Johnson. On Friday, the Blazers joined in the trade, making it a 3-way deal.

The Rockets announced the full terms on Friday.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has agreed to a sign-and-trade with guard/forward Courtney Lee, which will send him to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade. The Rockets will receive from Boston a Charlotte Bobcats second-round draft pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, forward JaJuan Johnson, guard E'Twaun Moore and forward/center Sean Williams. The pick was previously acquired by Boston via Oklahoma City. Houston also acquires the rights to guard Jon Diebler from Portland. Boston completes the deal by agreeing to a sign-and-trade with guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic, which sends him to the Trail Blazers.

The Blazers also announced the deal's final terms, which differed slightly.

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward/guard Sasha Pavlovic, two 2013 second round draft picks and cash considerations from the Boston Celtics while sending the draft rights to guard Jon Diebler to the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey.

Lee, 26, averaged 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Rockets in 2011-12, his second season in Houston. A 4-year veteran, Lee spent his first two seasons with the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets.

The Rockets initially extended a qualifying offer to Lee, a scoring two guard, but later rescinded it, making him an unrestricted free agent. Lee would join recent free agent signing Jason Terry in helping fill out Boston's backcourt following the departure of Ray Allen to the Miami Heat.

Johnson, 23, didn't see much playing time for the Celtics last season. A 2011 first-round pick, Johnson averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game during 36 appearances. Johnson is entering the second season of his rookie deal.

Moore, 23, averaged 2.9 points in 8.7 minutes per game during 38 appearances for the celtics last season.

Williams, 25, was acquired by the Celtics during the 2011-12 season after he was released by the Dallas Mavericks. He appeared in just three games for Boston, averaging 3.7 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Diebler, 24, was a 2011 second-round pick and played overseas last season.

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