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    Default I think Courtney Lee would be perfect here

    Looks like Kidd's a done deal - either we're giving him the non-tax MLE (starting at $3M, right?) or we're gonna pull off some kind of S&T with Dallas (what if Cuban doesn't want to trade with us though? That's what I don't get but whatever). Camby looks like the next priority -- same deal: salary exception or S&T, depending on how we acquire Kidd. I personally would've went for younger, cheaper and more dynamic players to fill in the cracks, but the Knicks were outspoken about adding vet talent at all costs and it looks like they're on the verge of at least adding it in the right places, so I'll give them credit.

    After securing Kidd (we're still gonna need 1 more low-cost PG - if Lin and/or Kidd ever break down we're in serious trouble -- look at last yr) and hopefully Camby (who, while pushing 40, still looks very productive btw -- 9 rpg and a block and a half in 22 mins is GREAT production -- good look here by the Knicks), if at all possible, I'd prefer to add a younger SG to balance things out a little. The position is in complete limbo right now. We need upgrading here in the worst way..I have a whole bunch of cheap options in mind for Summer League but just looking at the FA pool of NBA players, Courtney Lee really stands out. 6'5" 200, still young, very underrated player. Very solid.

    Thing is I believe he's a RFA -- I have a hard time seeing Houston giving up on him w/o any compensation (I like Daryl Morey's style -- he loves talented youngsters), even though they just drafted Jeremy Lamb to go along with Kevin Martin. Is there a way we could expand a Camby S&T scenario with the Rockets to include Courtney Lee? There's some assets here -- TD, Jerome Jordan, Harrellson, any of the 3 players we have stashed overseas, I believe we have the $3M cash to use again too.. If we could ever get Courtney Lee with Camby, that's a straight up coup. Exactly what we need right now. I'm not saying Courtney Lee's Kobe Bryant, I know that, but he's good and he's proved it over the past few yrs at the NBA level. Very good offensive player -- much better than what we had with Landry Fields -- this guy's a 40% 3-pt shooter and he can take it strong to the rim and run the floor. Perfect fit...Our 2G picture would suddenly look a whole lot brighter if we had Courtney Lee/JR Smith manning the position while we waited on Shumpert. If it came down to it -- I might forget all about Camby and focus on a S&T with Courtney Lee by himself just to make sure I got him. Then I'd look elsewhere for backup 4/5 and rim protection on the cheap -- Jeff Adrien's tough, long and a good rebounder; Greg Stiemsma's shown he could be a solid rim protector with mins.; Marcus Cousin's a well-rounded 7' we could get real cheap; we should be monitoring Sean Williams who's on Boston's summer league roster--I'd pounce if he doesn't stick there; former Wyoming shot-blocker Justin Williams in on Philly's SL team (this guy's a Keon Clark type that had some success in the NBA for Sacramento a few yrs ago); former UConn big Gavin Edwards is on Portland's SL roster--dude's 6'10" and always played hard off the bench for Jim Calhoun in college, etc.
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    He's unrestricted. Rockets are willing to do a sign and trade for him (and Camby). He's probably worth more than the minimum.

    And we already have a thread for these things.

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    Boston is in pursuit of Courtney Lee

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    Lee was restricted but the Rox pulled their qualifying offer. Little chance the Knicks get him, a lot of teams have shown interest in Lee.

    The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] have emerged as a serious suitor for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] after coach Doc Rivers met with the free-agent guard Saturday night, according to sources familiar with Boston's thinking.

    Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics, in the wake of losing sharpshooter [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], have ratcheted up their pursuit of Lee as a possible replacement.
    Lee averaged 11.4 points per game for the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] last season and hit 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
    The Celtics don't have the salary-cap space to sign Lee outright, but sources say the Rockets have let it be known that they're willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals with both [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and Lee amid the increasing likelihood that neither of those coveted free agents will be returning to Houston.
    The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], sources said, are the other teams in pursuit of Lee. The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 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.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Lee was restricted but the Rox pulled their qualifying offer. Little chance the Knicks get him, a lot of teams have shown interest in Lee.

    The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] have emerged as a serious suitor for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] after coach Doc Rivers met with the free-agent guard Saturday night, according to sources familiar with Boston's thinking.

    Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics, in the wake of losing sharpshooter [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], have ratcheted up their pursuit of Lee as a possible replacement.
    Lee averaged 11.4 points per game for the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] last season and hit 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
    The Celtics don't have the salary-cap space to sign Lee outright, but sources say the Rockets have let it be known that they're willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals with both [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and Lee amid the increasing likelihood that neither of those coveted free agents will be returning to Houston.
    The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], sources said, are the other teams in pursuit of Lee. The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 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.
    Gotta give Boston credit -- they lose Ray Allen but give the situation the attention it deserves as they scramble to fill their 2G spot -- they may be in the lead for Courtney Lee, they add Dionte Christmas and Kris Joseph (who they drafted in the 2nd round) to their SL team (2 nice pickups), I'm not sure-didn't they bring Jeff Green back?, etc.. See, that's how you do it...Our 2G situation is worse than theirs, yet we've done nothing thusfar. At least release the friggin' SL roster already. Tell me who we're working with out in Vegas. If it were up to me, Scotty Hopson, Sylven Landesberg and Jamelle Horne would all be on our team. 3 nice young wings with potential, all 6'6" or taller. Start there...Our summer league team is wide open -- Shump's hurt, no Lin, no draft pick will be playing and we might wind up dealing assets away in a S&T for Kidd or Camby, youngsters that would otherwise be playing in Vegas. Who's gonna be on that friggin' team? LOL..Nevertheless, I'd take it super serious and load that team up with the best talent out there I could get my hands on. I'd recruit a D-League all-star team, complete with the best players at all the positions we're weak at on the depth chart. I hope they're taking SL seriously, man.
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    Boston will most likely get him since they lost Allen and Bradley is having surgery and might miss the start of the season.

    Lee would be a perfect fit here and would probably start so J.R can come off the bench until Shump returns but I think if I had a choice between using the sign adn trade on either Lee or Camby I still have to go with Camby.

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    Just reading over at hoopshype that Boston is going after Courtney Lee hard - Doc Rivers just had dinner with him last night. Boston doesn't have a salary slot to sign him outright so like us, it would have to be a S&T. I don't know about including any more 1st round picks in the future but I might include a 2nd rounder or 2 to sweeten the deal--esp. for both Lee and Camby. Camby AND Lee would be ideal for us...And again, now that there's competition with Boston, I might focus all of my energy and assets on Courtney Lee even if it meant forgetting about Camby. I don't know if we have enough to get both players. I'd argue that Lee might be a bigger priority. One's a very solid 26-year-old SG with another 10 years ahead of him, the other's a 40-year-old big that's at the end of the line. Lee might be the better get in a trade for our available assets.

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