The Memphis Grizzlies are interested in Courtney Lee, according to Ric Bucher and his multiple sources. In a move that would bring further depth to the shooting guard position, the Grizzlies would use a portion of their $7.5 million trade exception.
Lee, 27, carries with him a 4 year, $21 million contract he signed last summer. His season could be classified as mediocre as he is averaging 7.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.6 APG all in 23.4 MPG. Hollinger's PER (MACHINE!) gives Lee a 11.9 rating, similar to our current options, Bayless and Wroten. He is also shooting at an astounding rate of 46% from the field and a breath-taking 33% from three.
The story beneath the sheets is that Grizzlies' CEO Jason Levian and Director of Player Development Stu Lash have represented Courtney Lee in the past. Being familiar with their former client, it is no surprise to see their interest in bringing Lee to join to new look Memphis family.
Outside of the personal connection, this deal does not make much sense for the Grizzlies. Lee's contract is too long and his production leaves more to be desired out of that sort of commitment. I also don't see the Celtics moving Lee unless they received front court depth in the deal; a position we do not have the luxury to send. This move would go against the goals the front office set out to accomplish earlier in the transaction season: get younger, get draft picks, get outside shooting, get fiscally responsible.