OFFSEASON

Lee reaping sneaker benefits of sitting next to Rondo

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Lee reaping sneaker benefits of sitting next to Rondo

Sit next to Rajon Rondo in the Boston Celtics locker room and receive a complimentary pair of sneakers.

Not a bad deal.

This season Rondo's lockermate Courtney Lee has already been given two pairs of Nikes by the Celtics starting point guard. It is an act of generosity Rondo also imparted on neighbor Keyon Dooling last year.

"When I first got here, I didn't have any shoes because my Nike guy was slipping," Lee explained to CSNNE.com. "So the first couple of days I wore a pair of his and I said, 'These are kind of comfortable.' Then my shoes came in and I was like, 'I'll stick with these for right now.'"

Rondo and Lee were among the players whose neon-toned sneakers stood out on the Barclays Center parquet Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets. The pair wore the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 highs in a green, black and volt colorway combination. Jeff Green wore the same model in green and volt. (ht @KWAPT)

Lee has been on both the giving and receiving end of gifted sneakers during his career. He has his own sneakers now, but has continued to sport Rondo's during preseason play.

"These are the Air CRs," he joked. "The 'Courtney Rondo's.'"

OFFSEASON

Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

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Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

The Celtics and second-round pick Demetrius Jackson have finalized a four-year, $5.5 millon contract, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported.

Jackson, a point guard out of Notre Dame, was the 45th overall pick. He was projected by some as a first-rounder before the draft and the first year of his deal is likely to be guaranteed. Last year, Celtics’ second-round pick Jordan Mickey signed a four-year, $5 million deal as the 33rd pick overall.

Jackson will face plenty of training camp competition in a crowded group of backcourt players for the C’s.