Hollinger: Blazers To Receive Sasha Pavlovic, Pick From Celtics

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported on Thursday that the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics worked out a sign-and-trade agreement that sent guard Courtney Lee to Boston for JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and a second-round pick. John Hollinger of reports on Friday that the Portland Trail Blazers entered the deal as a facilitator as a method for increasing the salary that Boston could offer Lee, earning a second-round pick for their troubles. ----------------------------------- Celtics paying Sasha Pavlovic's salary for Blazers and threw Portland a second-round pick. With Pavlovic in deal, Lee contract can start at just over $6M and make $26M over life of deal. ----------------------------------- Pavlovic, a 28-year-old wing, was on a minimum salary last season. He played 45 games for the Celtics, averaging 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Update: has confirmed the trade's details, which include the Blazers sending guard Jon Diebler, a second-round pick in 2011 who played overseas last season, to the Rockets. Diebler has been playing on Portland's Summer League team here in Las Vegas. --------------------------- Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has agreed to a sign-and-trade with guard/forward Courtney Lee, which will send him to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade. The Rockets will receive from Boston a Charlotte Bobcats second-round draft pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, forward JaJuan Johnson, guard E’Twaun Moore and forward/center Sean Williams. The pick was previously acquired by Boston via Oklahoma City. Houston also acquires the rights to guard Jon Diebler from Portland. Boston completes the deal by agreeing to a sign-and-trade with guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic, which sends him to the Trail Blazers. --------------------------- The Blazers confirmed the trade on Friday, announcing the acquisition of two second-round picks. --------------------------- The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward/guard Sasha Pavlovic, two 2013 second round draft picks and cash considerations from the Boston Celtics while sending the draft rights to guard Jon Diebler to the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. "This trade is a continuation of our pursuit of assets, while at the same time helping to bolster our roster," said Olshey. "We’re looking forward to adding Sasha Pavlovic’s veteran leadership to our squad. He’s a very experienced wing player that we feel can add depth to our rotation." --------------------------- Thanks to McLovin8, farmboy and Blazer Ninja in the Fanshots. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter