Luke Ridnour began this offseason as a member of the Orlando Magic.
But after being traded four times in the past week, it’s anyone’s guess where he’ll be playing by the time next season rolls around.
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:
The Thunder has traded the contract of Luke Ridnour to Toronto along with cash to create a $2.85 million trade exception.
And he may not be done moving.
John Schuhmann of NBA.com:
Ridnour’s contract doesn’t become guaranteed until July 11, so he has a chance to be traded again after the moratorium (which ends 7/9).
The Magic traded Ridnour to the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies traded Ridnour to the Hornets.
The Hornets traded Ridnour to the Thunder.
As teams continue to make financial moves to create salary cap space in pursuit of free agents, contracts like Ridnour’s become desirable to obtain before they’re fully guaranteed — which means this may not be the last trade involving Ridnour we end up seeing this summer.
Ridnour has played 12 NBA seasons, most recently for the Magic. He averaged four points and two assists in 14.5 minutes per contest in Orlando last season.
Luke Ridnour has been making the rounds in the first few days of this offseason, becoming the modern-day 2009 Quentin Richardson. He was traded from Orlando to Memphis yesterday for the rights to former second-round pick Janis Timma; then from Memphis to Charlotte this morning for Matt Barnes;and now, the Hornets have used him as a trade chip to acquire Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb, both teams announced Thursday afternoon in separate press releases.
From the Thunder:
The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired guard Luke Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second round draft pick from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for guard Jeremy Lamb, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Ridnour (6-2, 175), a 12-year NBA veteran, has played in 830 career games (493 starts) with five teams, averaging 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.00 steals in 26.1 minutes. The University of Oregon product spent the 2014-15 season with the Orlando Magic, appearing in 47 games and averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 14.5 minutes. Ridnour was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies on June 24, 2015 before being traded to Charlotte in a separate transaction earlier today.
Lamb appeared in 47 games (eight starts) for the Thunder in the 2014-15 season, averaging 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. In three seasons with the Thunder, Lamb saw action in 148 games (eight starts) and averaged 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 15.7 minutes.
From the Hornets:
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has acquired guard Jeremy Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Luke Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick. The Hornets acquired Ridnour earlier today from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Matt Barnes.
“Jeremy Lamb is a quality young wing player who we believe has the talent to help our team,” said Cho. “We look forward to adding him to our rotation next season.”
The Thunder had been shopping Lamb, among other bench players in recent days, in order to get far enough under the luxury tax to be able to comfortably re-sign restricted free agents Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler. Trading Lamb sheds $3 million from their books for next season and nets them an additional second-round pick. For Charlotte, it’s a free look at a former lottery pick for a year. It comes on the heels of the Hornets’ trade for Nicolas Batum on Wednesday night. Lamb will come off the bench behind Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Thunder trading Jeremy Lamb for Matt Barnes?
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
It looks like the Grizzlies traded for Luke Ridnour yesterday just to get his unguaranteed contract. The Hornets are likely doing the same.
Charlotte can waive Ridnour at no cost (or flip him again if another deal emerges). Waiving Barnes would have meant paying his $1 million guarantee.
Barnes should stick in Memphis, where he’ll provide useful depth on the wing. With Jeff Green opting in, the Grizzlies didn’t have much flexibility to seek help elsewhere. They did pretty good for themselves with this deal.
We have our first trade of draft week, and it’s a real blockbuster. The Grizzlies have sent the rights to the 60th overall pick of the 2013 draft, Latvian wing Janis Timma, to the Magic for veteran point guard Luke Ridnour, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
This is fine for all involved. Ridnour is a perfectly serviceable backup point guard for Memphis, and trading him saves the Magic about $2.7 million in cap space.
When was the last time you sent a letter? Not an email, an actual letter, on paper, with a stamp and everything.
One Seattle area teen recently sent out 30 letters, one to each NBA franchise asking why he should be a fan of their team (since it could be a little while before Seattle gets a team again). This was no form letter, each one was handwritten and included a drawing of the team logo. Here is what 16-year-old Connor posted on Reddit.
The Timberwolves were the only ones to respond to my letters!
Not only respond, they sent a letter with 10 reasons to be a Timberwolves fan — which was heavy on Andrew Wiggins related answers, as it should be — but also an autographed ball. Sure, the ball is a few years old (no Wiggins or Kevin Garnett signatures, but it did have Luke Ridnour) but still they responded and sent a ball.
That is how you win a fan for life. Or at least until a team moves to Seattle. Well done, Minnesota.
Conner said he would be a Wolves fan on Reddit.
I’m probably not switching teams though because a response may be an attempt to compensate for this reddit post. Needless to say, I’m a Timberwolves fan now!”