Apr 25, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) reacts to a fan against the Memphis Grizzlies in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Hornets Come Out Stinging
Leading up to the draft Thursday night 6 different trades occurred with one team factoring in 3 of them (Hornets) and another two (Memphis).
The Charlotte Hornets were definitely the most active making 3 trades prior to the draft:
First they traded Lance Stephenson to the Clippers. Stephenson was a player the Hornets were eager to add, but he never meshed with his back court partner Kemba Walker or found a way to contribute. Remarkably Lance turned down the Pacers who offered more money, so his rapid regression in Charlotte was unexpected. Perhaps working alongside Chris Paul will return him to the prominence he discovered in Indiana. In return for Stephenson the Hornets received Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes.
The second trade saw Charlotte trade one of their top producers in Gerald Henderson along with last years draft choice Noah Vonleh (who surprising never came close to resembling the player he was in College) to Portland in exchange for everything man Nicolas Batum.
Charlotte’s third predraft deal involved 4 teams: Charlotte sent the recently acquired Barnes to Memphis for Luke Ridnour who had just been acquired from Orlando (for the rights to Janis Timma) and then promptly sent him to Oklahoma City for Jeremy Lamb and a 2016 second round pick.
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