The pride of Blaine basketball is heading to Charlotte, North Carolina.
NBA basketball player and Blaine High School graduate Luke Ridnour was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats (to be renamed the Charlotte Hornets next season) in a four-player deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The trade was announced February 20.
The Bobcats acquired Ridnour and shooting guard Gary Neal in exchange for point guard Ramon Sessions and forward-center Jeff Adrien.
Ridnour is a point guard in his 11th season in the NBA. He was picked 14th overall in the 2003 draft by the Seattle Supersonics, where he played for five years before he was traded to the Bucks in 2008. He signed a $16 million, four-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, but was reacquired by the Bucks in July 2013.
A career 35 percent shooter from three-point range, Ridnour is considered a solid pick-and-roll guard who can spread out opposing defenses with his long-range accuracy.
Ridnour led the Borderites to two state titles and was named All-American in his senior year. After graduating from Blaine in 2000, Ridnour went to the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to the Elite Eight in 2002 and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2003.
Over 10 seasons in the NBA, Ridnour has averaged 10 points and 4.8 assists per game. His father, Rob Ridnour, coaches the International Basketball League’s Bellingham Slam.