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Grizzlies get: C/PF Chris Andersen, SG/SF P.J Hairston, 2 second-round picks (via Miami), 2 second-round picks (via Charlotte)
Heat get: PG Brian Roberts
Hornets get: SG Courtney Lee
With SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for the season, the Hornets felt it necessary to fortify their wing rotation. Despite the significant depth already in place at shooting guard, Charlotte still got good value here; this is in part due to PG's Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin presence making Roberts an expendable piece. Roberts was putting up 4.8 points in 11 minutes per game, which translates to an impressive 15.7 points per 36 minutes, meaning the Dayton product is more fit to be a legitimate backup point guard rather than a benchwarmer, like he was in Charlotte. They did well to squeeze maximum value out of him.
Lee is just a great type of player to have on your team, period. He plays superb defense, and is averaging 10 points on 37% shooting from three; also, according to advanced statistics, is 25th in the league in real scoring efficiency. With Charlotte clinging to the last playoff spot at 27-26, they had the right idea to upgrade from Hairston to Lee with this trade.
But at the same time, the argument could be made that Lee is somewhat redundant with SG's Troy Daniels and Jeremy Lamb, and is really just a slightly upgraded version of Hairston, who is still only 23 and a former first-rounder. As the Hornets also gave up two second-rounders in this deal, I'm going to have to split the pros and cons of the trade.