Celtics to acquire Courtney Lee in sign-and-trade

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Celtics to acquire Courtney Lee in sign-and-trade

The Boston Celtics are on the verge of acquiring Courtney Lee from Houston via a sign-and-trade for JaJuan Johnson, a source confirmed to CSNNE.com.

The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

While the deal is still being finalized, it's expected to include a future second-round pick being sent from Boston to Houston.Boston recently acquired an additional second-round pick in next year's draft from Oklahoma City (by way of Charlotte) after the league determined that Thunder medical officials did not inform the Boston front office of all the medical findings related to Jeff Green.Green was out for the entire 2011-2012 season after a routine preseason physical ultimately led to him needing season-ending heart surgery.
It is unclear if the C's are willing to give up that pick, their own second-round pick or a future second-round pick. As for Lee, the four-year veteran has played for three different teams while splitting time as a starter and key reserve.In addition, he has shot 40 percent or better from 3-point range in three of his four NBA seasons, which has contributed to him being a 10-points-per-game scorer despite never being a featured part of a team's offense. Adding Lee gives the Celtics the kind of perimeter depth that should cement their place among the top teams in the East after Ray Allen opted to sign with the Miami Heat.

Lee told reporters in Orlando last week that he was very much interested in joining the Celtics.

"I want to win," Lee said at the time. "Everybody knows their record and what they've accomplished over the years, especially with Doc and having KG and Paul, Rondo's still there. That's a team I feel will win and continue to win. That's one factor in the decision."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.