In a two-step process that was consummated hours before the NBA draft, the Charlotte Hornets acquired shooting guard Jeremy Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Hornets first sent Matt Barnes to the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire the unguaranteed contract of point guard Luke Ridnour. The Hornets then sent Ridnour’s contract and a conditional 2016 second-round pick to the Thunder to acquire Lamb.
Lamb, 6-foot-5 and 23 years old, has averaged seven points and 1.9 rebounds mostly off the bench for the Thunder. He played his college ball at Connecticut, a teammate of Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.
The Thunder was looking to clear a roster spot without adding to its player payroll (particularly since OKC is above the luxury-tax threshold). Swapping Lamb for Ridnour’s contract accomplishes that.
“Jeremy Lamb is a quality young wing player who we believe has the talent to help our team,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a prepared statement.