HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

December 15, 2014 Updates

"I think everybody gets hyped when you play against LeBron," Stephenson told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "He's one of the best players in the game right now. You got to do whatever it takes to stop him. It's tough to stop him and you have to have teammates behind you to help you at the same time. I just try to stay physical and play hard as I can." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"You really can't get me out of my game," James said. "The only way to get me out of my game is if I miss shots. And then I'm able to still affect the game in other ways. For me, I'm my worst enemy at times. If I'm not aggressive, then that's bad for our chances. So I need to always be aggressive. It doesn't matter if I'm making shots or not, I'm rebounding, defending, getting my guys involved. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 14, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets are targeting the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets as destinations to unload guard Lance Stephenson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stephenson becomes eligible to be traded on Monday, and Charlotte has rapidly lost hope that its brief partnership with Stephenson can stand the test of time. Yahoo! Sports

Indiana hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing back Stephenson, but appears unwilling to seriously engage the Hornets without the inclusion of a first-round pick in a potential deal, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte has been open to discussing the Nets' big-salary stars as part of a broader Stephenson package, including Lopez and Joe Johnson, sources said. The combination of a third year on Deron Williams' deal – as well as the emergence of Walker as the franchise's point guard – leaves Charlotte uninterested in acquiring Williams, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford has largely stopped using Stephenson in the fourth quarter and key stretches of games. The gulf between Stephenson and his Charlotte teammates has been growing, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stephenson's inability to co-exist on the floor with point guard Kemba Walker is among the primary reasons for the franchise's desire to trade him, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte reached out to Indiana on a potential Stephenson deal and has been pushing to generate an ongoing conversation, sources said. Indiana knows there's significant trepidation about Stephenson around the league, and knows him better than anyone. They've acted with little urgency on the matter, understanding they would own all the leverage in talks on Stephenson, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Sources told ESPN.com that the Hornets, just 23 games into the Stephenson era, have already begun the process of searching for potential trade partners that would be willing to take the talented but enigmatic former Indiana Pacer off their‎ hands. ESPN.com

Sources say that the Hornets are not in a move-him-at-all-costs mode with Stephenson but made it clear that Charlotte is ready now to abandon the experiment if a palatable deal presents itself. Stephenson has quickly proved to be a poor fit alongside the Hornets' established core twosome of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, shooting 38.9 percent from the floor overall and 8-for-48 percent on 3-pointers during Charlotte's 6-17 start. ESPN.com

On Dec. 1, Grantland's Zach Lowe reported that the Hornets "have been aggressive making trade calls" and "are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than" Jefferson and Walker. Clifford said recently that some of Stephenson's struggles to adjust to new surroundings in Charlotte stem from the fact that too much was expected after the 24-year-old spurned a five-year, $44 million from the Pacers to stay in Indiana to sign a shorter deal with the Hornets. ESPN.com

Monday is Dec. 15, the date teams that signed free agents during the offseason are allowed to deal those players. There has been speculation that Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson could be on the trade block just a few months after signing a three-year, $27 million deal. But the Hornets are expected to hold on to the mercurial guard, who has recently shown flashes of meshing with his new teammates, which has been an issue . Boston Globe

December 11, 2014 Updates

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. 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. RealGM

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