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Veteran Celtics get caught up in franchise’s rebuilding plan

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Celtics practiced Monday afternoon with a notable absence, Courtney Lee, who was in purgatory until his trade to the Memphis Grizzlies becomes official.

The deal is expected to be finalized Tuesday morning. It became a bit more complicated, with Oklahoma City becoming involved in the swap. The up-to-date details, according to a league source:

Lee will head to Memphis, and Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless, a player Boston has coveted, will head to the Celtics. (Bayless arrived at the team’s hotel in Denver Monday night.) To help balance out the deal, Oklahoma City forward Ryan Gomes will return to the Celtics, who are then expected to waive him in an effort to create more financial flexibility. The Celtics will also send a 2016 second-round pick to the Thunder, who are moving Gomes to clear money off their books.

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