Earlier today, a big trade happened between three teams in improving their team as the season ends. Some impact on this trade includes the need to save money, to add depth, and, stack up for the future.
First, the Heat traded two second round picks to the Grizzlies and picked up much needed help at the backup point guard position by grabbing Brian Roberts from the Hornets. Roberts will compete to earn minutes from current backup Beno Udrih. The 33-year-old has had a better campaign than Roberts it seems like. Udrih averages 4.8 points, 2.7 assists per game and shooting .446% from the field, while Roberts averaging the same points per game, but less assists (1.3 per game) and shooting .443% from the field. Close seasons from both players, but Udrih knows the play book and should continue to get more minutes unless Udrih starts to slack.Udrih played in 41 games and Roberts played in 30.
Next, the Heat will send Chris “Birdman” Anderson to the Grizzlies along with those two picks. Anderson will give Memphis a better chance inside the paint over than Ryan Hollins. Anderson can protect the rim to a better ability than Randolph and help take some of the sting away from losing Marc Gasol for a long period of time. Anderson has only played in 7 games and averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Expect those numbers to improve quickly. Also, Anderson is fresh, which helps the Grizzlies make a push. Trading Birdman helps the Heat get closer on getting out on the luxury tax problems they have had over the past few years.
In addition, the Hornets will send P.J. Hairston and two second round picks to the Grizzlies. Hairston brings more offense to the table than Lee, which is good due to the fact they are a heavy defensive team. Hairston is only 23 years old and can play either the two guard spot or wing (3). He has averaged 6 points, 2.7 rebounds per game. He is a shooter and not a passer, which is why his assists per game is low (0.6). Hairston has shot a career high .359% from the field and .314% from the three point line. Also, Hairston started a career high 43 games out of 48 played in.
Finally, Courtney Lee is the highlight piece of this deal, even though I personally think Hairston is. Lee is heading to Charlotte with Kidd-Gilchrist going out with an injury. Lee is a balanced player. He makes the easy shots and plays solid perimeter defense, which could help the Hornets and is what they need as MKG goes out. Lee has averaged 10 points, 1 steal, 1.5 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game. That is a balanced player. Lee has also shot .458% from the field.