HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

December 11, 2014 Updates

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

About five minutes into the third quarter of a 96-87 Boston Celtics loss, Rondo threw a high elbow that sent Stephenson tumbling to the court. The Charlette Hornets wing stood up and got in Rondo's face; later in the same possession, after what looked like some jawing, both players were hit with technical fouls. Asked about what happened, Rondo initially said, "Nothing at all. I said something to him and I didn't know what I said could get a tech." Booth Newspapers

December 1, 2014 Updates

The Hornets have been aggressive making trade calls, according to sources across the league. The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward, per those sources, and they are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. Free agents signed this past offseason can’t be traded until December 15, and few would be surprised if the Hornets make and take calls on Lance Stephenson ahead of that trigger date. Grantland

It hasn’t worked. Charlotte ranks 27th in points per 100 possessions, and Stephenson has been a train wreck. He’s shooting just 37 percent overall and a ghastly 7-of-38 from deep. He passes up open 3s, choosing instead to whip out an array of fancy crossovers and behind-the-back jobs that go nowhere. Stephenson’s drive-and-dish game has opened up good looks for teammates, but his shooting issues have outweighed his bursts of productive creativity. He’s clanking almost every pull-up jumper on the pick-and-roll, which means that when Stephenson can’t get all the way to the cup, he’s a borderline liability. Opposing defenses know that Stephenson won’t pull from deep, and they’ve taken an extra step or so away from him when he doesn’t have the ball. Grantland

November 27, 2014 Updates

After missing his first two shots of the second half Wednesday, Stephenson was replaced by Brian Roberts at the 8:04 mark of the third quarter and didn't return for the remainder of the game. Stephenson had eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes. He was short on answers when asked afterward about his diminished role late in games. "It's Coach's decision," Stephenson said. Pressed further about his status, Stephenson said he's no longer dealing with some of the nagging injuries that slowed him in training camp and entering the season. "I'm not hurt. I'm healthy," said Stephenson, who has seen his playing time reduced over each of the past five games. "There are no more excuses. Hey, it's Coach's decision if he doesn't want to play me in the fourth [quarter]. I'm just going to continue to work hard and do what it takes to win games." ESPN.com

November 19, 2014 Updates

But the beneath the bravado lies Stephenson's self doubt about his return to Indianapolis. Stephenson has already pictured the worst-case scenario for when his new team plays his former team ... and he's nervous. "Honestly," he says. "I think I'm going to get booed." Indianapolis Star

"It was definitely a tough decision to leave but it almost was like we had no choice, to me. The next day, they signed CJ Miles so it was over from that point on," says Stephenson's father as he leaned against the hallway leading to the Hornets' home locker room. "It was tough. It wasn't like, 'Eff, the Pacers!' It was tough to leave. I didn't think it would happen. Before free agency, if you asked me where Lance was going to be, I would've said, 'He's going to be a Pacer for life.' That was one of our goals. I'm a firm believer in sticking with the team you got drafted by." Indianapolis Star

"I seen 'em boo Jermaine O'Neal. I've seen 'em boo Ron Artest, of course, but I don't know. I'm interested to see what will happen," Lance Stephenson Sr. says. "I know the fans want to win in Indianapolis, so I wouldn't be surprised if they boo. Like I'm going to be booing when they come here. If they're like me, they're going to be booing because they want that win." Indianapolis Star

November 18, 2014 Updates

Stephenson has already pictured the worst-case scenario for when his new team plays his former team ... and he's nervous. "Honestly," he says. "I think I'm going to get booed." Indianapolis Star

"I seen 'em boo Jermaine O'Neal. I've seen 'em boo Ron Artest, of course, but I don't know. I'm interested to see what will happen," Lance Stephenson Sr. says. "I know the fans want to win in Indianapolis, so I wouldn't be surprised if they boo. Like I'm going to be booing when they come here. If they're like me, they're going to be booing because they want that win." Indianapolis Star

November 17, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

On an inbound play during a Saturday night game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Golden State Warriors, Lance Stephenson changed the flopping game forever. He slapped himself in the face. For The Win

November 7, 2014 Updates

An anonymous NBA scout dishes his take on Lance Stephenson, who has struggled since arriving to the Hornets. “I think he is overcompensating. He is trying to make too many plays. He’s not shooting well. The rest of his offensive game isn’t bad. He is passing and rebounding. But his defense is terrible because he is out of shape. He looks like all he did was hang out this summer. I’m not seeing the same intensity. [Hornets coach] Steve Clifford wants him to defend, and he isn’t doing it. Sports Illustrated

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