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Charlotte Hornets land Courtney Lee in three-team deal

By The Sports Xchange
Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce shoots for two against Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee (5) and Jeff Green (32) during the third quarter at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on March 12, 2015. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce shoots for two against Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee (5) and Jeff Green (32) during the third quarter at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on March 12, 2015. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

With the NBA trade deadline just two days away, the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat made a three-team deal on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies sent swingman Courtney Lee to the Hornets in exchange for P.J. Hairston and also obtained forward-center Chris Andersen from the Miami Heat for Hornets guard Brian Roberts.

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Additionally, the Grizzlies received four second-round draft picks, including two from the Hornets in 2018 and 2019, and two from the Heat.

The 30-year-old Lee is expected to give the Hornets some help with scoring and perimeter defense. In 15 games for Memphis this season, he was averaging 10 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and shooting 37 percent on 3-pointers. He also brings playoff experience to the Hornets, who are eighth in the Eastern Conference standings.

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"We are excited to be adding a quality veteran wing player to our roster in Courtney Lee," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "Courtney has proven to be a team defender, a consistent outside shooter and a solid scorer in our league for the past eight years. Particularly in terms of experience, he adds depth to our roster in a position of need for us and we expect him to fit in to our system and contribute right away."

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The Grizzlies, in need of front-line help after a season-ending injury to center Marc Gasol, are hoping to get rebounding and defense from Andersen, a veteran with postseason experience who is in the last year of his contract. Memphis was fifth in the Western Conference standings going into Tuesday's games.

"Chris Andersen was absolutely essential in our 2013 NBA championship run," Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. "Brian Roberts has been on our radar and we felt it was important to solidify our point guard position due to the injury of Tyler Johnson. We feel like we did that with the addition of Roberts."

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Hairston, 22, is in his second year in the league and averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds this season. Roberts, 30, is averaging 4.8 points and 1.3 assists in 2015-16.

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