The Orlando Magic have traded veteran point guard Luke Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies:
For Luke Ridnour, the Grizzlies will send Orlando the rights to 2013 second-round pick Janis Timma, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2015
Timma was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2013 NBA Draft, going to the Grizzlies at No. 60. He’s a 22-year-old swingman who currently plays in Latvia.
As for the NBA player actually in this trade, Ridnour was a sporadic contributor for the Magic this past season. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 assists in 47 games.
Ridnour is on a $2.75 million non-guaranteed deal for next season, but it would be odd for Memphis to trade for him and then just waive him when there wouldn’t be any cap relief, although perhaps he’s flipped again in another deal.
Grizzlies backup point guard Nick Calathes is a restricted free agent this summer, and there have been rumors that he’s looking for a nice contract overseas:
Nick Calathes, I'm hearing, is being shopped overseas. His asking price? $3.5 million.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 12, 2015
Beno Udrih has $923,000 of his $2.17 million contract guaranteed for next season, while youngster Russ Smith‘s deal for next year is currently non-guaranteed. If one or more of these players are gone, and it looks like Calathes will be gone, Ridnour could see quite a bit of time as the backup point guard in Memphis.