Boston Celtics Rumors: Courtney Lee Is Essential to Another Boston Title Run

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2012

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With Jason Terry set to be the sixth man and Avery Bradley recovering from an injury, the Boston Celtics could use some help at shooting guard.  According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sportsnet New England, free agent Courtney Lee is on GM Danny Ainge's radar. 

Lee is an unrestricted free agent and spent last year with the Houston Rockets.  He averaged 11.4 points in 30 minutes per game, mostly coming off the bench, and he shot 40 percent from long range.

Though he has never been what one would call a model of consistency, the Celtics need to pursue him and sign him to a contract as soon as possible.  The team needs to get younger, and the 26-year-old Lee fits that bill.  Given his overall potential, Ainge needs to ink him to a deal if he wants another championship on his resume.

Let's start with Lee's skills as a scorer.  He's shot 44 percent from the floor for his career and has averaged 10 points per game.  From long range, he has shot an astounding 39 percent.  Call me crazy, but that's accuracy that's almost reminiscent of Ray Allen.

On top of that, Allen and Lee are about the same size, 6'5" and around 200 pounds.  Both men drive to the basket well and from downtown, they are borderline deadly.  While Lee would have some big shoes to fill if he were to come to Boston, he'd still have the opportunity to build up a great legacy if he was able to produce at a high level.

Also, let's not forget that Lee is just a great athlete overall.  Sure, he's great at shooting three-pointers and putting points up on the board, but his work above the rim deserves its due credit.  In the dunking department, he can certainly hold his own.

That all being said, with the Celtics getting older and needing a fresh young guard with a good all-around skill set, I think it's imperative that they go out and get Lee.  His versatile offensive game will be a breath of fresh air for coach Doc Rivers' system and will also take some of the scoring load off of Paul Pierce and newcomer Jason Terry, not to mention Kevin Garnett.

Seeing as how he'd have a top point man in Rajon Rondo getting him the ball, Lee could very well be the key to another championship parade in Boston.