In the aftermath of Ray Allen, Jason Terry and Eric Gordon more or less cementing where they will play next season, Courtney Lee has reportedly garnered interest from eight or so teams looking for a shooting guard.
Last year, in 58 games with the Houston Rockets, Lee averaged 11 points on 43 percent shooting from the field. He also shot 40 percent from behind the arc – a figure that many squads would love to have bolstering their team average.
At only 26 years old Lee still has plenty to offer whoever lands him; plus, at this point in the free agency hunt, GMs won’t be as put off by the inconsistency and one dimensional-ness that has plagued him over the course of his career.
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, here are the teams trying to bring Lee in:
The Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, sources said, are the other teams in pursuit of Lee. The Chicago Bulls have long been interested in Lee, as well, but the Bulls' limited financial flexibility means they'd also need a sign-and-trade deal to land the swingman.
The Bulls are a total longshot at this point, and the Mavericks are probably going to spend most of their resources chasing Ramon Sessions or another point guard. Indiana has a glaring hole at the two, but they’re reportedly more enamored with O.J. Mayo than they are with Lee. The Suns, seeing as they’re going to miss out on Gordon, are very much in the hunt. It’s hard to tell where the Hawks are at this point, given their change in philosophy over the past few weeks. Boston would need to set up a sign-and-trade to make this deal happen, and those aren’t easy to put together.
So, where does that leave Lee? In order of likelihood: 1.) Suns 2.) Celtics 3.) Pacers 4.) Mavericks.
Those are just predictions, though. Time will tell what’s what.