Ridnour joins fifth team in less than a week
For Luke Ridnour, was Tuesday — so that must mean he’s now with Toronto.
Rindour was traded to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday — becoming a member of his fifth team in a little less than a week and extending one of the more bizarre NBA player odysseys in recent memory.
The former Oregon star was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Memphis Grizzlies last Wednesday for the draft rights to 6-foot-7 Latvian swingman Janis Timma, a former second-round draft pick.
The Magic made the move to clear up salary-cap space.
On Thursday morning, Ridnour awoke to find out that Grizzlies had traded him to the Charlotte Hornets for forward Matt Barnes.
Before the poor guy could even grab lunch, just after noon on Thursday reports came that the Hornets traded Ridnour and a second-round 2016 draft pick to Oklahoma City for Jeremy Lamb.
He had been a member of the Thunder since then — until Tuesday when the Thunder traded him to the Raptors for a $2.85 million trade exception and the rights to Tomislav Zubcic.
So, to recap: Ridnour signed with the Magic on July 16, 2014, and spent 347 days with the Magic. Then, in less than 12 hours, was with the Grizzlies, Hornets and Thunder. Now, he’s been shipped to Canada to join the Raptors.
What makes Ridnour so valued in a trade is his contract. Ridnour is in the second year of a two-year deal, but his salary of $2.75 million for the 2015-16 season is not guaranteed if he’s waived on or before July 10.
That mean’s there’s a very good chance he won’t be in Toronto long enough to fry some Canadian bacon.