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Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford’s salary for the 2015-16 season became guaranteed when the then-Bobcats qualified for the playoffs a year ago. Clifford’s contract, signed in May 2013, was originally portrayed as two seasons guaranteed with the third season a team option, worth $6 million total if he serves all three seasons. However, multiple sources told the Observer this week that Clifford’s contract for next season is already guaranteed because of an incentive clause: If the franchise qualified for the playoffs in either of Clifford’s first two seasons, the third season locked in. Hornets officials declined comment Thursday, abiding by a policy not to discuss employment contracts publicly. Charlotte Observer

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Coach Steve Clifford had said before he was as strong an advocate as any Hornets decision-maker for signing Lance Stephenson last July. Wednesday he made sure there was no misconception. “Lance is here because of me. I’m the one that wanted Lance,” Clifford said after not playing him for the second consecutive game. “It’s simply that I can’t find a group that plays well when he’s out there.” Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford made a bold statement recently, saying small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has the talent to be the best perimeter defender among this generation of NBA players. Not bold enough apparently. On Thursday Kidd-Gilchrist trumped Clifford’s expectation. “I want to say ever; not just in the league (now). The best defender this league has seen,” Kidd-Gilchrist told the Observer. Charlotte Observer

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The decision to shut down Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was essentially made at halftime of Monday’s overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. That according to Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who said he and head athletic trainer Steve Stricker agreed Jefferson’s groin injury was too debilitating to let him keep playing. “At halftime we spoke and agreed that we were going to sit Al down and say, ‘We appreciate you want to play, but…’ ” Clifford said pre-game Wednesday. “It’s great that he wants to be out there and is team-first and wants to play. But he just can’t move.” Charlotte Observer

December 28, 2014 Updates

Approach is everything,” Clifford said after a 102-94 home loss to the Orlando Magic. “We didn’t show up with the attitude to beat anybody tonight.” Clifford said it’s not an excuse that the Hornets (10-21) got home at 3 a.m. from a road loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He said three or four of his players simply weren’t prepared to play, and that cost this team dearly. Charlotte Observer

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