Well, the Celtics got their guy.
Those "spare parts" were Sasha Pavlovic, Sean Williams, E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson and a second-round pick (via Boston Herald).
As you might remember, Johnson was the Celtics' first-round pick in 2011 and had a lot of potential in this league. The Celtics even traded the rights to MarShon Brooks for him.
With Kevin Garnett as his mentor, the former Purdue forward could learn from a player who really resembles him.
Is trading such a talented player in the future worth Lee, a player who is likely going to start only until Avery Bradley is healthy?
I'm not sure about that. Boston should have instead focused their efforts on re-signing Mickael Pietrus and playing him at the 2, while Bradley rehabilitates.
This would allow Boston to keep Johnson, while also having an able starter for the time being.
Don't get me wrong, Lee might end up being better than advertised. However, Johnson could too.
While many are singing the praises of General Manager Danny Ainge, they fail to realize that Boston traded their first-round pick from last season.
Johnson has the ability to be at least a solid role player, not in four years, but now. He can blossom into a starter as Garnett continues to mentor him.
Lee on the other hand, will be what he is now: a fringe starter who will be a third-string player after Bradley returns from shoulder surgery.
Think about that. A third-string player for a potential starter? Would you consider making this kind of deal?
In my eyes, this trade was far more even than one might think.
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