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Posted: Sunday September 30, 2012 3:31PM ; Updated: Sunday September 30, 2012 3:31PM

Lee: I turned down more money to play for Celtics

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Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee is set to step into the starting lineup with Ray Allen leaving for Miami.
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WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Courtney Lee says he turned down more money to join the Boston Celtics.

The guard came to Boston from Houston after a sign-and-trade deal. He said Sunday that "the expectations every year for this team is to win big and that's one thing I want to do is win big.

Lee says his friendship with Rajon Rondo played a large role in the move to Boston.

The Celtics needed to free up more money to sign Lee and wound up making a three-team deal with Portland in the mix. Lee is set to step into the starting lineup, with Jason Terry, also signed as a free agent, coming off the bench. The Celtics will be without the recovering Avery Bradley (shoulder) for the first two months of the season.

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