Courtney Lee was acquired by Charlotte Hornets in a three-team trade Tuesday that included three other players and four future draft picks.
While the Memphis Grizzlies acquired P.J. Hairston, Chris Andersen and four second-round draft picks, the Miami Heat received point guard Brian Roberts in one of the first multi-player deals ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Heat and Hornets both gave up two draft picks to Memphis to make the deal happen. The Heat went through the deal just to save on luxury tax since they already have established point guards in Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih. Therefore, trading for Roberts didn’t make any sense for Pat Riley’s team.
Lee will join a Charlotte team (27-26) that is clinging onto the eighth spot in the gruelling Eastern Conference. “Courtney has proven to be a team defender, a consistent outside shooter and a solid scorer in our league for the past eight years. Particularly in terms of experience, he adds depth to our roster in a position of need for us and we expect him to fit in to our system and contribute right away,” Hornets GM Rich Cho said in a statement.
Trading for Lee makes a lot of sense for Charlotte, especially after the news of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going down with a season-ending injury. Lee is the perfect 3-and-D option to swoop into the starting unit and make an instant impact.
With Marc Gasol ruled out for the remainder of the season, the Grizzlies would benefit from the additions of “Bird Man” Andersen and Hairston. “Chris Andersen was absolutely essential in our 2013 NBA Championship run. We want to thank him for his contributions and we wish him nothing but the best, he will always be considered part of the Heat family,” said Heat president Pat Riley.
Courtney Lee was an integral part of Memphis Grizzlies’ success over the last 5 years. He will bring veteran leadership, perimeter defense and three-point shooting to an injury-ridden Hornets squad.