In a deal reported Thursday afternoon, the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt Jeremy Lamb to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Luke Ridnour.
Oklahoma City has traded Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 25, 2015
In his three seasons with the Thunder, Lamb averaged seven points per game in just 15.7 minutes per game. A key piece in the James Harden trade, Lamb failed to make a noticeable impact with the Thunder.
Look for Lamb to be a valuable asset for the Hornets. In 2014-15, Charlotte finished dead last in 3-point percentage, at .318. Lamb is a career 35 percent shooter from downtown. His presence should help space the floor.
However, at 23 years old, Lamb still has time to turn his career around. Moving to the Eastern Conference, to a Hornets team that has significantly lower expectations should prove to be a helpful situation. Also, Lamb will reunite with former UConn teammate Kemba Walker, providing a sense of familiarity. Lamb and Walker won the national championship together in 2011.
The Hornets made the deal in conjunction with a trade with the Portland Trailblazers that brought in forward Nicholas Batum. Adding to a core built around Walker, Al Jefferson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Hornets are poised to make a push towards playoff contention this season.