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December 19, 2014 Updates

Underwhelmed by the quality of trade offers they've received for Lance Stephenson, the Charlotte Hornets have decided to keep the volatile guard "for now,'' according to league sources. ESPN.com

But while sources say as many as seven teams registered interest, including Miami and Brooklyn, no offers intrigued Charlotte and several teams that called did not make trade proposals. ESPN.com

Sources say Stephenson's free-wheeling style of play and often negative body language has hurt the team chemistry that made Charlotte one of the surprises of the Eastern Conference last season. ESPN.com

December 18, 2014 Updates

"I've learned a lot, to say the least," Jordan told me during an interview at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Jordan met with me to discuss his selection as the Charlotte Business Journal's 2014 Business Person of the Year. Previous honorees include department store CEO Tim Belk and former Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers. Business News

Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. Arizona Republic

Adrian Wojnarowski: Trade market for Lance Stephenson continues to be lean for Charlotte, league sources tell Yahoo. Talks with Indiana yet to gain traction. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 16, 2014 Updates

The 24-game NBA suspension Charlotte Hornets small forward Jeff Taylor received, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic-violence charge in Michigan, expired with Monday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That doesn’t mean Taylor will necessarily be on the court with the Hornets anytime soon. Hornets coach Steve Clifford was asked Tuesday about Taylor’s situation. He said he didn’t anticipate Taylor being on the active roster immediately for a number of factors. Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Hornets are aggressively soliciting trade offers for shooting guard Lance Stephenson, but aren’t close to a deal, two NBA sources confirmed Monday. It seems unlikely that they would get high value for Stephenson, both because of his inconsistent play and the common knowledge that the Hornets are trying to move him. Charlotte Observer

The Hornets signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million contract in July with expectations that he would be a core piece in their efforts to go deep into the playoffs. This season and next season – at a total value of $18 million – are guaranteed but the 2016-17 season is a team option. The Indiana Pacers – his first team – and Brooklyn Nets have both reportedly shown some interest. However, nothing is close, league sources say. Charlotte Observer



There's no sugarcoating it: It's a bad list where star power is pretty much non-existent. Gerald Wallace, the only All-Star in franchise history, goes to No. 1.


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