Grizzlies trade Luke Ridnour for Matt Barnes

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LARRY KUZNIEWSKI
  • Larry Kuzniewski

In a move that is surprising and yet also feels like the realization of a long-forseen destiny, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Grizzlies have traded Luke Ridnour—acquired yesterday in a swap with Orlando for the rights to Janis Timma—to the Charlotte Hornets for Matt Barnes.

Matt Barnes is the quintessential "hate him unless he's on your team" player, and he gives the Grizzlies another wing who can play, who can consistently shoot 33% from 3-point range, and who is just as insane as everyone else already on the Grizzlies' roster in the most delightful way possible.

Barnes is a guy who Griz watchers have been saying for years would fit right in on this team, and though he'll turn 36 during the upcoming season, there's no reason to believe he won't be a good fit here.

One wonders what the addition of Matt Barnes to the roster means for Jeff Green and Vince Carter, but I suppose we'll find that out in due time.

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