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December 19, 2014 Updates

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

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From Google’s yearly ‘trends’ list, which includes the 10 most searched athletes from the NBA, apparently a lot of people were interested in Paul George. George, the most googled NBA player in 2014, suffered a gruesome season-ending injury while playing in a USA exhibition game. The 10 most googled NBA players in 2014 are as follows: 1. Paul George; 2. Carmelo Anthony; 3. Kevin Love; 4. LeBron James; 5. Shabazz Napier; 6. Kevin Durant; 7. Lance Stephenson; 8. Ray Allen; 9. Blake Griffin; 10. Damian Lillard. Diehard Sport

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

However, the Hornets entered Monday’s game with Cleveland at just 6-17,w with Stephenson averaging 10.4 points a game on 38.9% field-goal shooting. The Nets are “monitoring” the situation, according to a league source. Wall Street Journal

Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said he would personally be fine with bringing back Lance Stephenson in a trade, however the judgment would be up to the front office. "I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon told The Star prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Indianapolis Star

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. "We have the best basketball minds in Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard and they're working on it every minute of every day. So, something will happen." Indianapolis Star

December 15, 2014 Updates

The Hornets have regretted signing guard Lance Stephenson to a free-agent deal over the summer and are trying to trade him. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and FOX Sports 1, the Hornets tried to deal Stephenson back to the Indiana Pacers. The Brooklyn Nets are another possibility. Also, I've heard the Denver Nuggets mentioned recently. FoxSports.com

"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

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