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UPDATE: The deal is complete. Lance Stephenson has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes.
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The Lance Stephenson experiment in Charlotte has been a fail thus far. Stephenson averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds on 38 percent shooting from the field. In the right situation he can still be a valuable asset in the NBA.
The Brooklyn native has been linked to trade rumors all season and now there are reports that the Clippers are looking to acquire him. Via NBA.com:
In a high-risk, high-reward move, the Los Angeles Clippers are discussing a deal with the Charlotte Hornets to acquire guard Lance Stephenson, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Clippers would send forwards Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes to the Hornets, sources said. Talks have been ongoing for several days, but the proposed deal is yet to be considered imminent.
Nevertheless, the Clippers need athletic, talented wing players to compete in the Western Conference, and there’s hope that Stephenson would fit better into a more talented, veteran-laden Clippers team that more closely resembles the Indiana Pacers than the Charlotte Hornets did. The Clippers are strapped under the salary cap and need to find creative ways to improve their roster.
Stephenson has two years left on his contract, but the 2016-17 season is a team option of $9.4 million. So, the Clippers would only be committed to paying him the $9 million owed this season – and could then let him go if things don’t work out. For Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers, he’d be counting on Stephenson to recapture the production of his four seasons in Indiana, where he developed into an important player on a two-time Eastern Conference finalist.