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Report: Celtics serious suitors for Lee


Report: Celtics serious suitors for Lee

WINTER PARK, Fla. The Celtics continue to move forward in the wake of being spurned by Ray Allen. Now they've set their sights on unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers met with Lee on Saturday night, according to an report.

Lee is steadily gaining steam as a highly sought-after player now that Allen -- arguably the top free agent shooting guard this summer -- has committed to play for the Miami Heat.

A first-round pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic, the 6-foot-5 guardforward has played for three different teams (Orlando, New Jersey and Houston) in his four NBA seasons despite establishing himself as a solid defender and consistent scorer.

In his four NBA seasons, he has averaged 10 points per game and has shot better than 40 percent on 3s each of the last two seasons.

While the interest is mutual, the Celtics will be hard-pressed to sign the 26-year-old who made 2.2 million last season with the Rockets.

Having already come to terms on deals with their own free agents (Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass) as well as contracts for Jason Terry and most recently Jeff Green, the C's don't' have the salary cap space needed to sign Lee.

Instead, the Celtics would most likely have to acquire him via sign-and-trade which is something the Rockets have indicated they are open to doing.

The addition of Lee would not only bolster the Celtics' lineup, but also provide them with a better-than-average presence in the backcourt until Avery Bradley (shoulders) returns to the Celtics lineup sometime between the start of training camp and December.

In addition to Lee, the C's are also keeping an eye on Mickael Pietrus, C.J. Miles of Utah and former Celtic Gerald Green as possible additions.

All of the aforementioned players constitute a small pool of talent that a number of teams are focusing their attention on, a grouping that includes the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks.

Ainge: More tests to confirm Isaiah Thomas (hip) is on track

Ainge: More tests to confirm Isaiah Thomas (hip) is on track

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas will undergo additional testing prior to the start of training camp, which as you might expect has elevated the concern level among Celtics Nation.

But Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told that the tests have more to do with re-affirming that Thomas remains on a good track health-wise, than any added concern for the two-time All-Star’s health.

Thomas, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, suffered a right hip injury last season that limited his effectiveness in the Celtics’ conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston eventually lost the series in five games, with Thomas unable to play due to the hip injury in the last three.

Ainge said earlier that Thomas’ injury would not require surgery.

"There's nothing else, other than what Brad [Stevens] said," Ainge told

Speaking on the Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will have another scan in early September when Thomas returns to Boston.

From there, a more exact timeline will be established for Thomas’ return.

“It’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab,” Stevens said. “There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Stevens added, “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.”

Markieff and Marcus Morris court date set for August 28

Markieff and Marcus Morris court date set for August 28

BOSTON – NBA players Markieff and Marcus Morris, each facing a pair of aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident in 2015, will have their day in court on August 28.

Marcus, who was acquired by Boston via trade from Detroit this summer, as well as his brother Markieff who plays for Washington, will appear telephonically according to Maricopa County court officials.

Marcus and his twin brother Markieff were allegedly involved in a January 24, 2015 incident in Phoenix that left Erik Hood who attended the same Philadelphia high school as the Morris twins, with a broken nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.

Hood told police that he was held down while four men assaulted him outside of a high school basketball game in Phoenix, and that the Morris twins were among those to assault him. Authorities said a witness identified the Morris twins as having been present at the scene during the incident.

According to Hood, he had at times coached them in addition to occasionally giving them rides to practice. But the relationship went south about a year before the twins were drafted. That is when they reportedly found “inappropriate” text messages from Hood to their mother.

The Morris twins have said they had nothing to do with the incident, and added that they have no ties to Hood.

A conviction could potentially result in jail time – each of the aggravated assault charges carries a maximum jail sentence of 3 ¾ years – in addition to a 10-game suspension under Article VI, Section 7 of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement which states that a player will be suspended for “a minimum of ten (10) games” if they are convicted, pleads guilty or pleads no contest or “nolo contendere” to a violent felony.

And while pleading down to a misdemeanor charge may result in the Morris twins avoiding jail while being put on probation and likely paying a fine, that too would likely lead to some type of league suspension.

Article 35 of the league’s Constitution gives Commissioner Adam Silver the power to suspend a player if he, “shall have been guilty of conduct that does not conform to standards of morality or fair play, that does not comply at all times with all federal, state, and local laws, or that is prejudicial or detrimental to the Association.”