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.