The Charlotte Hornets are one of the most active teams early in the 2015 offseason and will reportedly acquire guard-forward Jeremy Lamb in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City-Charlotte deal will most likely involve the contract of Matt Barnes, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
According to the report, Barnes is not going to OKC, which means a third team is most likely involved. Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman confirmed the deal and added that the Thunder is chasing a draft pick in the potential multi-team deal.
I am told the @hornets will also end up with Jeremy Lamb in a separate deal involving Matt Barnes' contract. Barnes isn't going to OKC.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 24, 2015
Lamb was part of the Oklahoma City-Houston Rockets trade in 2012. In three years with the Thunder, he has not earned consistent playing time, with 15.7 minutes per game in 148 outings from 2012 to 2015. Lamb has career averages of 7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists, but the numbers are expected to rise with a potential increased playing time and new opportunity in Charlotte.
The Hornets are one of the most active teams in the early part of the 2015 offseason. On Wednesday, they acquired forward Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers for veteran wingman Gerald Henderson and big man prospect Noah Vonleh.