Here’s a look at all four of the top Boston area sports teams. There’s definitely something brewing with each team. We’ll start with the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots in this blog. In the second part of the Boston Sports Round Up, we’ll look at the Bruins and Red Sox.
Boston Celtics to Sign Lee
Since losing Ray Allen the Celtics have been pursuing free agent guard Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets. For the Rockets, Lee averaged 11.4 points last season. Houston did not make a qualifying offer to him. He’s a 38.6 percent career 3-point shooter and better-than-average defender. There has been no official announcement but it looks like it’s a done deal. The Celtics send JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams, and a 2013 second-round pick to Houston for Lee, who is a five-year NBA vet.
I like this move a lot. I expect Lee to take advantage of the opportunity and perhaps even have a career year. With Garnett and Pierce ready to go and other fine elements like Rondo, Boston will have a very competitive NBA team.
New England Patriots Open Camp
The Patriots opened training camp today. Brady looked ready to go, Welker said he was fine with everything and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels feels great about being with the Pats. The New England Patriots may have offensive line questions but they look to have a fine corps of receivers. The D should be better as long as they stay healthy.
Other notes—Brian Waters did not report. Also, the list of those physically unable to perform includes LG Logan Mankins (knee), RT Sebastian Vollmer (back), C Nick McDonald (unknown), OT Markus Zusevics, TE Daniel Fells (shoulder), TE Jake Ballard (knee), DT Myron Pryor (shoulder), WR Jeremy Ebert (hamstring).
I’m feeling very optimistic about the Patriots. They may very well be the best team in the division. I like what’s happening at QB for the Jets. I think that can turn into a real circus.
In my next blog, I’ll highlight some good news regarding the Boston Bruins and some odds news. Also, I’ll offer some quick quips on the Red Sox. They are a tough act to watch these days. And the phrase “wait until next year” is starting to permeate my brain and we’re not even at the trade deadline.