The Charlotte Hornets have acquired guard Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team deal also involving the Miami Heat, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Memphis receives guard P.J. Hairston and two second-round picks from Charlotte and forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen and two more future second-round picks from Memphis. Miami receives guard Brian Roberts from Charlotte.
Lee, 30, is averaging 10 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 37% from three this season for the Grizzlies. A solid perimeter defender, he gives Charlotte a rotation piece in wake of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s season-ending injury as the Hornets chase a playoff spot.
Hairston, 23, was Charlotte’s first-round selection in 2014 and is averaging six points in 19 minutes per game for the Hornets. The deal makes the Grizzlies younger and gives them assets in the form of picks as they plan for their future, with Marc Gasol’s injury dampening their short-term outlook. Andersen, 37, is on an expiring contract worth $5 million this season.
Roberts, 30, is a journeyman reserve whose deal expires after the season and gives the Heat backcourt depth in their playoff chase.
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