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The Boston Celtics decision to pull the trigger and sign veteran swing-man Jason 'The Jet' Terry to mid-level exception all but dries up their spending well, and thus will leave arguably the top free agent shooting guard on the market, Courtney Lee, without a deal.
The 26-year-old former Houston Rocket has the right defensive tools and a solid enough shooting percentage, as a career 39 percent three point specialist, that surely will make him an asset to whichever team he decides to sign with.
What we have to take into account here is that this is still the same late-first-round draft pick that, just a few seasons back, was the centerpiece for the New Jersey Nets when they dealt an aged Vince Carter out of town.
His move way up the coast to New Jersey had him fall from playing an established role with a team that made it to the NBA Finals in the Orlando Magic to starting for the worst team in the league in the Nets.
But with that minor setback that came playing for the laughing stock team of the league, Lee gained valuable experience and skills from his team's dependence on him to create his own shot as one of the most trusted ball handlers.
Factor in his solid on-ball defending skills, and you have a guy that could carve out an important role on a contenting team.
Prediction: As the last solid wing player left on the market, numerous teams without a solid backup guard will look to make a run at Lee, including the Bulls, Timberwolves, Lakers and Suns. With Phoenix loosing out on wooing O.J. Mayo, I'm going to take a stab at it and say the Suns sign Courtney Lee to a multi-year deal.