CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte Hornets acquired small forward Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday in exchange for guard Gerald Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Batum spent the last seven seasons with Portland. He started 71 games in 2014-15, averaging 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists while battling a nagging wrist injury.
The Hornets finished last in the NBA last season in 3-point shooting and are hopeful Batum can help them in that area.
Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a release Batum “was a key contributor to all of our recent success” and “will truly be missed.”
Henderson was the longest-tenured player on Charlotte’s roster. Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft.
A person speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity says the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired forward Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Luke Ridnour.
The 35-year-old Barnes averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers this season. The Hornets acquired the 6-foot-7 forward along with center Spencer Hawes last week for guard Lance Stephenson.
Ridnour is 34 and averaged 4 points and 2 assists for the Orlando Magic this season. The Grizzlies acquired him Wednesday for the rights to forward Janis Timma, a second-round draft pick in 2013.