Yesterday, the Hornets and guard Jeremy Lamb agreed to a three-year extension for around $21Mil to keep the young player in Buzz City for the next 3 years, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported.
Next, Lamb is under contract for 2015/16, the final season on his rookie-scale contract, at a salary of just above $3 mil. The 23 year old has long been considered a shooting guard with high upside because of his athleticism and solid outside shooting ability. At 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, Lamb also has good size for his position. Lamb could also play the small forward position due to his size.
In fact, Lamb was acquired in June in exchange for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick. In 47 appearances last season with the Thunder he averaged 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists. That is not bad for $21 mil over the next 3 years. he is only 23 years old so there’s some hope that they will be able to bring out the best in his potential. Lamb has played in 2 games in the 2015-2016 season and has scored an average of 10 points per game, 3 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game in 16.5 minutes per game.
In addition, most people are saying this is not a smart deal, but with the new TV deal coming soon this contract is going to be the new chump change in the NBA. Lamb’s history with Oklahoma City does not warrant an extension, and he has not played nearly enough with Charlotte to show them he has earned one. Most people think this would have been much easier and smarter to wait out the year to see how he played before deciding if they wanted to bring him back long term. Maybe signing him now is a concern that he would be worth more this off-season due to the rising cap room in the summer. I personally think this is a smart deal for the price and also because Lamb is reunited with Walker. They played together in college at the University of Connecticut. They play well together and feed off each other. They are a good duo in the back court. Plus, Lamb is only 23 and has a bag full of talent.