I am told the @hornets will also end up with Jeremy Lamb in a separate deal involving Matt Barnes' contract. Barnes isn't going to OKC.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 24, 2015
Now we get a report that says Matt Barnes is going to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Luke Ridnour, who was just traded to the Grizzlies on Wednesday. But there’s nothing mentioned about Jeremy Lamb:
Memphis has agreed to trade Luke Ridnour to Charlotte for Matt Barnes, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 25, 2015
Woj says the Hornets will likely waive Ridnour, whose $2.75 million contract for next season is non-guaranteed. But this could very well wind up essentially being a three-way deal, with Ridnour then going to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Lamb. (UPDATE: That’s exactly what’s happening.) The Thunder could then cut Ridnour for luxury tax relief with Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler hitting restricted free agency.
Barnes in Memphis feels like a perfect fit for Grit ‘n Grind. He’s a hard-nosed player who shot 36.2 percent from three on nearly five attempts per game last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Grizzlies need shooting in the worst way. Also, Barnes, Tony Allen and Zach Randolph on the same team is amazing.
Barnes’s $3.54 million salary for next year is only $1 million guaranteed, but he’ll stick in Memphis.