Charlotte Hornets receive Courtney Lee as part of a three-team deal

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A three-way trade has taken place between the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzles, and the Miami Heat exchanging players.

The Charlotte Hornets will receive guard Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies, and center Chris Andersen is being sent to Memphis from the Miami Heat.

The Hornets will send guard Brian Roberts to the Heat and swingman P.J. Hairston to the Grizzlies too.

Draft picks were traded between the three teams as well, as the Grizzlies received four second-round picks as part of the trade; two from the Hornets and two from the Heat.

Charlotte have acquired some good help for their side, as Lee has averaged 9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, and the Grizzlies.

The 30-year-old should be able to assist the Hornets in their push for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

It seems that injuries may have been the significant factor behind these trades, as the Hornets are dealing with the loss of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to another shoulder injury that requires surgery, the Grizzlies are without center Marc Gasol due to a broken foot, and the Heat have lost guard Tyler Johnson because of shoulder surgery as well. Trading Andersen away helped Heat reduce their luxury tax as well.

The Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement, according to ESPN: "We are excited to be adding a quality veteran wing player to our roster in Courtney Lee. 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 into our system and contribute right away."

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