All day we waited for the Courtney Lee for Jerryd Bayless trade to go through. It was delayed but still expected to go through as of this afternoon. Now we have an idea of why it was delayed.
Buzz in Reno here at D-League Showcase is that Courtney Lee-for-Jerryd Bayless trade expanding to include third team: Oklahoma City— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 7, 2014
Word is that OKC's Ryan Gomes will be added to trade to and goes to Boston ... with Celtics then expected to waive Gomes— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 7, 2014
Thunder involvement in this manner would create some extra luxury-tax wiggle room for OKC ... presumably to set them up for another trade— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 7, 2014
To recap: Celts get Bayless and Gomes and likely waive Gomes. Grizz get Courtney Lee. Some second-rounders likely involved to tie it all up— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 7, 2014
Ryan Gomes will be added to the Bayless/Lee deal from yesterday, reports ESPN. The Thunder will trade Gomes to Boston where he'll be waived.— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) January 7, 2014
Source confirms ESPN report that OKC's Ryan Gomes has now been included in Jerryd Bayless deal. Along with Lee, Celts give up 2016 2nd pick.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) January 7, 2014
A source just confirmed an ESPN report that former Celtic Ryan Gomes, now on the end of the Oklahoma City bench, has been included in the deal that will bring Memphis guard Jerryd Bayless to Boston in exchange for Courtney Lee. The Celtics will also part with a 2016 second round pick that is said to be headed to OKC to balance out the three-team deal. Though Gomes holds a lot of sentimental value for Celtics fans, he reportedly will be waived, and was included to balance out the salary cap requirements in the deal.
Gomes’ involvement in the deal appears to be a salary dump by Oklahoma City to help facilitate the trade and create a small amount of cap space, Stein reported. The Celtics are expected to waive the former Providence College star before the remainder of his $884,293 salary becomes guaranteed on Tuesday.
So, to recap, Celtics will get Bayless and Gomes. Memphis gets Lee. OKC gets C's 2016 2nd round pick. C's will waive Gomes.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 7, 2014
As part of the Lee-Bayless deal, Boston will send a future second round pick to Memphis. OKC gets a protected 2nd rounder in '17— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) January 7, 2014
There are other rumblings about Andre Miller getting moved in the next day or so. It makes me wonder if OKC is the team looking to get Miller and the Celtics and Griz are facilitating that deal by including Gomes in this mix.
I find it kind of sad that we might be waiving Gomes. I'm aware that he's not very good anymore (and that there was some debate over how good he was to begin with), but many of us that lived through that 2006-07 season have very fond memories of the guy. I'd like to see him stick around personally.
Also, I wonder what we're getting out of the deal from OKC? Maybe instead of us sending the future 2nd rounder (which was rumored earlier today as part of the deal with Memphis) OKC will send one instead? I'm not sure. Stay tuned for updates.
By the way, leave it to Danny Ainge to make the smallest trade of the year (so far) into the most complex one possible.