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Trade is Official: Celtics Acquire Jerryd Bayless, Waive Ryan Gomes


It took an extra day longer than many of us expected, but the Celtics have completed their three-team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder this morning. Here’s the official release the team in which the team announced the move:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have completed a three team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder in which they acquired guard Jerryd Bayless from Memphis and forward Ryan Gomes from Oklahoma City. The Celtics sent guard Courtney Lee and a 2016 second round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies. In a related transaction, the Celtics have waived forward Ryan Gomes.

Bayless, a 6’3” guard, has appeared in 30 games for the Grizzlies this season averaging 8.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game. The 11th overall pick in the 2008 Draft by the Indiana Pacers has a season-high of 22 points against the Celtics on November 27 when he was 6-of-10 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Bayless has posted career averages of 8.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game split between Portland, New Orleans, Toronto and Memphis. An early entry candidate into the 2008 Draft from the University of Arizona, Bayless averaged 19.7 points and 4.0 assists while earning All-Pac 10 Second Team and All-Freshman honors. He was the first freshman in Arizona history to lead the team in scoring as well as being the first freshman to win team MVP since Sean Elliot in the 1985-86 season.

Gomes, a 6’7” forward, has appeared in five games for the Thunder this season totaling six points and four rebounds in 34 minutes played. Playing in his eighth NBA season, Gomes was originally drafted by the Celtics with the 50th pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft. The former Providence College Friar has posted career averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 487 games split between Boston, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City.

Lee, a 6’5” guard, has appeared in 30 games for the Celtics this season averaging 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from three-point territory. Lee was originally acquired by the Celtics from the Houston Rockets in a trade on July 20, 2012. He appeared in 108 games with the Celtics and averaged 7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.01 steals in 22.6 minutes per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point territory.

The Thunder also reportedly received an extra second round conditional pick from Memphis as part of the deal for Gomes. The pick will be heavily protected, so it’s likely the team will never receive one.

  • Mark

    I know second rounders are inconsequential but why do the Celtics need to trade a pick since the Griz actively pursued Lee?

    • Mark

      After Ray posted his link I now want to know why its TWO picks. Holy crap!

    • Scramble

      Celtics didn't give up a pick. Both second round picks are from Memphis: http://www.nba.com/thunder/news/thunder-acquires-

      • Mark

        The third paragraph in your link says otherwise.

  • Ray

    Daily Thunder is reporting that OKC gets two second rounders – seems like too much for a player nobody wanted. We may need a few days to get the real story on the picks swapped in this one.

    Anybody clear on what exactly is being done with Gomes here? Is his contract non-guaranteed? If so, why did OKC need to trade him to clear his salary? If not, why is Boston waiving him now instead of later? I suspect the answer is that there is some subtle cap difference (luxury tax implications perhaps) to trading Gomes vs waiving him.

  • Max

    Seems like Mark is right and Cs send a pick to Memphis. Can someone please tell me why Danny sends a pick for a player the team has no interest in (Gomes). I thought Celtics are under the luxury threshold so that including 2nd rounder doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Ray Leighton

      Agreed. We aren't saving that much in cap-space by waiving Gomes (a little less than a million), and picking him up was not necessary to make the dollars work. I have no idea why the Cs felt it necessary to give up a second-round pick, even if they generally are not valuable.

      On other trade-news, in the wake of the Deng trade, the Bulls are now shopping Hinrich. It looks like they really may be getting ready to blow it up. As I suggested yesterday, Danny really should see if the Bulls are serious enough about blowing it up that they would entertain offers for Noah.

    • Wtich

      Im guessing to get rid of Lee and his 11M he is owed in the next 2 years. Bayless is in his last year. So that gives the Celts cap relief and more room to make a trade without going over the cap. A 2nd round pick means almost nothing to them with so many 1st round picks coming up.

    • Jamie

      Because he had to give Memphis a sweetener to take Lee's contract off our hands.

    • RR3D

      And needed more money to make contracts work (i.e. Danny and memphis wanted to avoid using trade exceptions so involved OKC

      • Ray

        I'm not sure I see how the inclusion of Gomes helps with the trade exceptions. First, Boston was sending out more salary than it took in in a straight up Bayless-Lee swap so there was no need to use a trade exemption on their part. Second, Memphis is not sending out any additional salary in the modified trade, so if they were using an exemption in the original deal, they are using it now.

        I just don't understand why Memphis would give up anything so that OKC could get rid of Gomes. There's got to be more to the story.

        • RR3D

          Ray, I believe if OKC sent Gomes to Memphis then on to C's that would allow them to avoid using a trade exception (if they had to in the deal for Lee, not sure and haven't done the math). Possible they asked C's to throw in a 2nd round pick to have OKC facilitate as Danny's clearly getting a deal in the salary dump. Just saying…

          • ray

            That makes sense if it was structured as 2 separate transactions. If I recall correctly one of the reports on Sunday mentioned the Baseless-Lee deal as being a separate part of a larger deal.

  • http://unterwaesche.blog.fc2.com Arina

    This is good news I hope Bayless and Gomes will bring the Celtics a lot of success this year.

  • hax

    Celtics: Good trade. A d-leaguer in 2016 and a terrible contract in exchange for a similar player on an expiring deal.

    Thunder: Good trade. A guy who the Celtics were taking on to 'help the Thunder' and two 2nd round picks in return? For a contender like them, any guy scoring a few points off the bench on a tiny contract is a good thing, so those 2nd rounders could be a bit useful later.

    Grizzlies: To be determined. A good contract for a bad contract and similar player. If they don't contend in the next 3 years, this is just a waste of cap space. If Lee hops off the bench and hits a couple 3's to win the western conference finals, it's totally worth it.

    • hax

      I'm also seeing 2 Grizzlies 2nd rounders to the Thunder, and the Grizzlies getting our 2016 2nd rounder. Either way, the above trade results remain.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Jerryd Bayless after tonight's debacle

    And I thought Toronto was bad!

  • hax

    9 points in 13 mins by Bogans. Outside of the 'try to get wallace's value up' thing, I feel Bogans can be the back-up SF.

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