The trade comes just nine days after the Hornets sent Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes. However, in a rather interesting move, the Hornets decided to trade Barnes to the Memphis Grizzles for point guard Luke Ridnour. But, the Hornets opted not to keep Ridnour either and gave him to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeremy Lamb and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick.
While Hornets general manager Rich Cho was delighted to have acquired Batum, he revealed that the team are not done revamping their roster just yet.
"He provides a 3-point shooting threat and he's good versatile defender who can guard multiple positions," Cho told reporters. "He has been in the league for seven years, so he gives us experience. But yet he is still in his prime. He is going to be a great addition to this team."
"We felt like we needed some more shooting and we feel like we have addressed that. We are still looking to do a number of different things."
Batum was nowhere near his best during the recently concluded season as struggled to recover from a wrist injury. As a result, he averaged a disappointing 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.