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Hornets Keeping Lance Stephenson 'For Now'

With a dearth of quality trade offers, the Charlotte Hornets are keeping Lance Stephenson "for now," according to sources.

Stephenson has had a problematic start to his tenure with the Hornets after signing a three-year, $27 million contract.

The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Stephenson.

The Hornets also feel Stephenson's lingering groin injury has prevented him from being at 100 percent this season. The Hornets want to rest Stephenson, let him heal and see if he can either fit in with Charlotte or re-establish his trade value.

Via Chris Broussard, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson

Herb Simon said he would personally be fine with the Indiana Pacers pursuing a trade to bring back Lance Stephenson, but left any decisions up to the team's front office.

"I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said.

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry.

"First of all, we don't know if they're really trading him, at least I don't know," Simon said about the Hornets. "I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Pacers, Nets, Clippers Show Interest In Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers have held preliminary trade talks on Lance Stephenson, according to sources. A deal is not imminent at this point.

The Hornets have been unwilling to attach a draft pick to Stephenson, which would have helped talks with the Pacers.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have also researched Stephenson's time with the Hornets, but aren't serious at this point.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in the offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Charlotte Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets, but hopes to remain part of and succeed in his partnership with the Hornets, league sources told RealGM.

Four to five NBA teams have shown an interest to the Hornets on Stephenson, but no deal is imminent, Stephenson has made clear his desire to help propel a turnaround and both sides believe there’s still time to salvage a productive relationship and run with the franchise, sources told RealGM.

In 21 games this season, Stephenson has averaged 10.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 34 minutes per game. He has shot at or near career lows, as a rotation player, from the field (38.7 percent), three-point range (16 percent) and free throw line (67 percent).

Even so, the 6-foot-5 guard has become increasingly comfortable in Charlotte — playing his best basketball of the season so far in December, averaging 16.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists for a 2-1 record.

As a native of Brooklyn, New York, Stephenson attended Lincoln High School in Coney Island. Privately, Stephenson, 24, has unconditional affection for the city and hopes to play for the Nets in the borough at some point in his career.

After a summer headlined by the acquisition of Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million deal, the Hornets have gone 6-15 this season under a blend of regression from core players, a return to the bottom tier in points allowed per game after finishing fourth behind Chicago, Indiana and Memphis in 2013-14, and fluctuating trust in the locker room.

As a key contributor toward three consecutive playoff appearances and two in the Eastern Conference Finals, Stephenson found his niche in the league and averaged nearly 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pacers a season ago. He is in his fifth NBA season out of the University of Cincinnati.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Steve Clifford's 15-16 Option Becomes Fully Guaranteed

Steve Clifford's option for the 2015-16 season automatically became guaranteed when the Charlotte Hornets earned a playoff berth last season, according to sources.

Clifford's third season of the three-year, $6 million coaching deal was guaranteed with a 43-39 record last season.

The addition of an extra guaranteed season on Clifford's deal leaves Kevin McHale as the only current NBA coach working on the final year of his contract.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Clifford Thinks Stephenson's Issues 'A Comfort Thing'

Lance Stephenson has been difficult with teammates, according to sources. 

Steve Clifford has tried to deflect attention away from that notion by emphasizing that Stephenson is not yet a superstar-caliber player.

“He played in the same place for four years,” Clifford said. “A lot of it is the same, a lot of it is different. He’s got new teammates that he’s learning to play with. I think it’s a comfort thing. I talked to him the other day [and told him] you have to handle frustration, handle disappointment, and handle success the same way. You learn from it and you go on.

“None of it is attitudinal. That’s why I think we’ll continue to play better. If it’s effort, it’s a problem.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Hornets Aggressive In Trade Talks

The Charlotte Hornets have been aggressive in making trade calls as they begin the season slowly, according to sources.

The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward. Anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson is available, though they're also unlikely to consider trading Lance Stephenson.

The Hornets didn't do enough in the offseason to fix their perimeter shooting issues and that has caused their offense to stagnate.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Clifford Believes Stephenson Isn't A Star Yet, Must Work To Become One

Steve Clifford believes Lance Stepenson's slow start and adjustment in his first season with the Charlotte Hornets are partly due to his struggles to live up to external expectations.

"To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said Wednesday. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years."

"It's different. It's not easy. He started two years before he got here. He played on a really good team, so everybody saw him play when no one else was playing. When Al Jefferson came here, he'd [averaged] 19 [points] and eight [rebounds] for like 10 years. You knew what you were going to get. And that's what Lance needs to become. In many ways it's not fair."

"I've told [Stephenson] this. I've been fortunate. I've been around Kobe [Bryant] and [Tracy] McGrady. They were superstars. I was also around Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. They were two-, three-year All-Stars. [Stephenson has] got a lot of work to get to that level. Everybody proclaimed him as this guy, and if you remember the first time we got him, I said he's got to develop into that."

Stephenson was benched again in the Hornets' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. He is averaging 9.7 points and 8.1 rebounds this season.

Via Michael Wallace/ESPN

Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension

Jeff Taylor will not appeal his 24-game suspension on a domestic violence incident despite the backing of the players' union.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.

 

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

The National Basketball Players Association announced that it is prepared to file an appeal on behalf of Jeff Taylor in regards to his 24-game suspension for domestic violence.

Michele Roberts called the suspension "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the CBA."

Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

"The Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters."

Taylor pled to a misdemeanor charge that will be dismissed at the end of his probationary period.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Charlotte Hornets Archives

Jeffery Taylor Suspended 24 Games By NBA For Pleading Guilty To Domestic Assault

Jeffery Taylor has been suspended 24 games by the NBA due to his guilty plea to domestic assault charges in September.

Lance Stephenson Expects To Get Booed From Pacers Crowd In Return

Lance Stephenson's father maintains that leaving the Pacers was not the plan heading into free agency in the offseason.

Assault Charges Dropped Against P.J. Hairston

Kentrell Barkley claimed P.J. Hairston punched him in the face during the game.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Diagnosed With Stress Reaction In Foot

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Steve Clifford Looking For Better Play, Organization From Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson has shot 4-of-18 in the Hornets' first two games.

Jeff Taylor Sentenced To 18 Months Probation, Treatment For Alcohol

An NBA spokesman told the Observer on Wednesday that the league’s investigation into Jeff Taylor is continuing.

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Horents Exercise Rookie Options On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller

The Hornets have exercised their fourth-year option on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on Cody Zeller.

Jordan Admired How Stephenson 'Takes On Challenges'

Michael Jordan believes Lance Stephenson could be the missing piece for the Hornets to take the next step as a championship contender.

Kemba Walker Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Hornets

Kemba Walker has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Hornets, according to sources.

Hornets Waive Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale, Brian Qvale

The Hornets roster currently stands at 15 players.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Michael Jordan Disagrees With Players' Preference For Shorter Regular Season

Michael Jordan also disagreed with the experiment of shortening individual games by four minutes.

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets, as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Marvin Williams Makes Peace With Shooting, Defending Role

The Hornets signed Marvin Williams as a free agent due to his abilities on both ends of the floor.

Hornets Remove Jeffery Taylor Indefinitely From Team Activities

Jeffery Taylor will not be participating in any team-related activities with the Hornets while the NBA is investigating his conduct, effective immediately.

Jason Maxiell To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Hornets

Jason Maxiell averaged 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 34 games last season.

Hornets Start Extension Talks With Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker will enter his fourth NBA season having averaged 17.7 points and 6.1 assists last season.

Jeffery Taylor Arrested On Domestic Assault Charge

Jeffery Taylor is charged with one count of domestic assault, assault and malicious destruction of property.

Hornets Sign Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale, Brian Qvale To Camp Deals

The Hornets' training camp roster now stands at 17.
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