Celtics’ Courtney Lee Trade Opens Door for More Wheeling And Dealing (Podcast)

Jordan CrawfordThe Celtics’ fortunes have gone downhill quickly, with very little relief in the foreseeable future.

Entering Tuesday, the Celtics had lost seven of their last eight games and forfeited their lead in the Atlantic Division weeks ago. Things are only going to get worse, however, as they are in the midst of a five-game Western Conference road trip against some of the NBA’s elite squads.

By the time the Celtics return home next week, it could get ugly.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge isn’t just sitting on his hands and watching the downfall happen. He finalized a trade that sent Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jerryd Bayless, shaving roughly $11 million off Boston’s payroll obligations over the next three years while opening the door for more deals in the coming weeks.

NESN.com Celtics/NBA editor Ben Watanabe and NESN Sports Today anchor Adam Pellerin sat down to survey the damage of the past few weeks. They both see a lot more stormclouds in the near-term forecast, but potentially some sunshine long-term.

Listen to the podcast in the player below.

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