The Luke Ridnour era is over. A day after the Grizzlies traded for the 34-year-old point guard, they have turned around and shipped off Ridnour to Charlotte for 6-7 forward Matt Barnes, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Barnes, 35, averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Barnes made 36.2 percent of his 3-pointers, the second-best mark of his career. The Hornets acquired Barnes, who will make $3.5 million this season, in a trade earlier this month. Only $1 million of his contract is guaranteed, according to reports.
Marc Stein of ESPN said the Grizzlies will keep Barnes and that means fans will have an adjustment to make. Barnes played the last three seasons with the Clippers, perhaps the team Grizzlies fans most love to hate. While Barnes never received boos at the level of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, he was, well, annoying. He scored a playoff career-high 30 points on May 3, 2013 as the Grizzlies defeated the Clippers 118-105 at FedExForum to close out their first-round series.
The Grizzlies actually drafted Barnes with the 46th overall pick in 2002, but he was part of the trade with Cleveland that brought Wesley Person to Memphis.
Barnes first played for the Clippers, during the 2003-04 season, and also has played with Sacramento, Philadelphia, New York, Golden State, Phoenix, Orlando and the Lakers.
Barnes holds career averages of 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, with a 3-point shooting percentage of 33.8.
– Don Wade