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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
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