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Report: Grizzlies, Celtics in advanced talks for Bayless-Lee trade

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Jerryd Bayless and Courtney Lee could be trading places. (USATSI)
Jerryd Bayless and Courtney Lee could be trading places. (USATSI)

ESPN first reported and USA Today has confirmed the Memphis Grizzlies and Boston Celtics are in advanced talks for a trade that would send Jerryd Bayless to Boston in exchange for wing Courtney Lee.

Bayless is an expiring contract at $3.1 million, while Lee has two more years at over $11 million total, so this saves Boston both years and money, two priorities for a team looking at a rebuild. Bayless would also provide them with a legitimate point guard. As good as Jordan Crawford has been, that would still be nice until Rajon Rondo gets back.

Bayless was benched in the second half vs. Denver on Friday, with Nick Calathes playing... not well in reserve behind Mike Conley. The Grizzlies' biggest need however is a wing who can stretch the floor and make a jumpshot. Lee is shooting 44 percent from three this year for Boston, averaging 7.4 points and 1.6 assists.

Bayless is averaging 8.0 points and 2.0 assists for Memphis.

Update: The deal is reportedly moving forward.

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