Former Orlando Magic guard Luke Ridnour makes it FIVE NBA teams in less than six days.
- last Wednesday Magic trade Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to forward Janis Timma,
- last Thursday Grizzlies trade Ridnour to the Charlotte Hornets for forward Matt Barnes,
- LATER on Thursday Hornets trade Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Jeremy Lamb,
- today Thunder trade Ridnour and cash to the Toronto Raptors for the rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic.
Zubric was drafted by the Raptors three years ago and is under contract to play for Cedevita Zagreb of the Croatian League. Ridnour’s latest move is similar to the deal the Magic made with Grizzlies last Wednesday to acquire the NBA rights to Timma. This time, the “something-for-nothing” move cost the Thunder who had to PAY the Raptors to dump Ridnour and acquire his $2.75M contract.
These past six days are sadly an accelerated time capsule of Ridnour’s 13 year career in the NBA. Ridnour was a 2003 first round draft pick of the Seattle Supersonics, a pick they acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks prior to the draft in a six-player trade.
Five years later in 2008, Ridnour was part of a 3-team preseason trade between the Thunder, Bucks, and Cleveland Cavaliers that “returned” him to the Bucks – the team that originally held his draft pick. He played for the Bucks for two seasons before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010. Three years later he was involved in yet another 3-team trade with the Bucks and Thunder, once again heading “back” to Milwaukee. He played just 36 games for the Bucks during the 2013 season before they traded him to the Charlotte Bobcats. Prior to the 2014-15 season Ridnour signed a 2-year, $5.5M contract with the Magic, a contract he is halfway through.