Lance Stephenson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
“I’m excited to have him here,” Rivers said. “We’ve been looking at Lance longer than just this summer because of the dual roles he can play. I think he has the ability defensively to play three positions – the point, the two and the three. Offensively with his ball handling ability and his ability to play in the open court and his power, I think it fits our team very well.”
“I’m going to work hard this season to get those rumors out. That’s not the issue. I’m very good in the locker room. You can ask all the players that I’ve played with. You can ask the coaches. I’m very good in the locker room,” Stephenson said as he was formally introduced as a Clipper at a news conference at the team’s training facility on Thursday. “When I’m on the court I got that type of energy where it looks like I’m yelling at somebody. But when I talk to my teammates it amps them and makes them work harder. I want to take that [negative] title off my name because that’s not me. I’m a good locker room guy.”
Rivers and his staff had spent the better part of the past week doing research on Stephenson and calling around the league to see if he was worth the risk. “In the conversations we’ve had and the conversations I’ve had with some of his ex-teammates and the guys who have coached him I have a pretty good feel, I think, on who he is, what he wants to be, and somewhat of why he struggled last year even,” Rivers said. “I feel very comfortable with that.”
Even if it doesn’t work out, the Clippers hold a team option on the final year of the three-year, $27 million deal Stephenson signed with Charlotte last season. “Obviously the contract part of it was terrific for us,” Rivers said. “If Lance works out great, and it is a gamble of sorts, then we have the ability to sign him. If he doesn’t, it’s a one-year deal.”
“I like that [Stephenson] can play multiple positions — really 2, 3 and 1 — because he’s a terrific passer,” Rivers told The Beast 980. “I don’t know if I made the trade for him to be a starter, per se, I look at him really more to be a utility player that can come in and play literally three different positions for us. When you look at us, we needed toughness and more athleticism and we get that.”
On what it will take for Hawes to reclaim his form from two seasons ago: Rich Cho: He didn’t have a very good year last year with the Clippers, but I think he just needs to have a comfort level. I just talked to him a little bit ago and he’s really excited to be here. I know our coaches are really excited to have him as well. We’re just looking forward to getting him here and getting him accustomed to our offense and defense and then having him work with our coaches.
Charlotte tried to pull off a similar trade with the Clippers last season, sources say, before Rivers backed out. He didn’t back out on Monday, signing off on the deal to ship Hawes and Barnes to Charlotte for Stephenson.: 1 more rumor
Rich Cho: We are really excited to acquire Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes in this deal. Spencer gives us a veteran game – he has proven himself in this league and adds a lot of experience to the locker room. He has the ability to face the floor in offense as an outside shooter and is a great passer as well. He has a high basketball IQ and we’re really excited to have him on the team. As far as Matt, we’re still evaluating our options with Matt. But before I end, I would like to thank Lance for all his hard work during the year and being a professional last season.
“I thought Lance handled it really well,” Cho said. “I thought it was a shock to his system that he was not playing so much. But he handled it very professionally.” Cho said he was under no orders to move Stephenson. However he reflected on owner Michael Jordan’s philosophy that well-run franchises acknowledge mistakes and act quickly to address them.: 5 more rumors
Stephenson seemed a poor fit almost immediately. The Hornets needed better 3-point shooting –- they were last in the NBA at 31.8 percent last season – and Stephenson is more a driver who dominates the ball. The Hornets made numerous efforts to trade him, particularly with the Brooklyn Nets. “Sometimes when you make a trade or a signing it just doesn’t work out well,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a conference call. “He never fit in great. “Sometimes you don’t know how (a player) will fit until he plays for your team.”: 5 more rumors
Lance Stephenson: Thank you to buzz city and the Hornets organization. While the past year didn’t work out as I hoped it would, I really enjoyed my time in the city of Charlotte. I will thoroughly miss the Hornets fans and my teammates who were very supportive of me over the last year. I wish the Hornets success going forward and I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can to help bring a championship to Los Angeles and Clipper Nation.
“We’d like to thank Lance for his contributions last season,” Cho said. “He was a consummate professional during his time with us.”
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has acquired center Spencer Hawes and forward Matt Barnes from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Lance Stephenson. “We are pleased to add a pair of proven veterans to our team,” Cho said. “Spencer Hawes is an experienced big man whose outside shooting gives us additional flexibility on offense. Matt Barnes is an experienced veteran who knows the NBA.”: 1 more rumor
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Hornets undecided about whether they’ll keep Matt Barnes for next season, when he’s due $3.5M in the final year of his contract. To be clear on Barnes: Only $1M of his salary is guaranteed for next season if he’s waived by July 1. Otherwise, Charlotte owes him $3.5M. It is unlikely Charlotte keeps Barnes, who’ll become a free agent.