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March 6, 2015 Updates

“I don’t think [expectations] were too high.” Jefferson said. “Anytime you have a guy coming to a new team people will look for him to come in and save the day. All we ever wanted him to do is come in and be himself. This team was already on the rise when he came. We want him to help take us to the top. Some times things don’t necessarily work out at first, but you have to stay with it and continue to compete.” Sports Illustrated

February 24, 2015 Updates

With Michael Jordan as owner, however, Cho doesn't get the last word on decisions. According to a source familiar with Charlotte's inner workings, the voice that MJ relies on most is that of Curtis Polk, an analytics agnostic who conducts Jordan's business affairs and serves as the Hornets' vice chairman. And with pressure from Jordan to accelerate the Hornets' efforts to contend, the team made the ill-fated decision to sign Lance Stephenson over the objections of the analytics staff. ESPN.com

February 17, 2015 Updates
February 16, 2015 Updates

There are concerns that Stephenson — who is known as a volatile personality — wouldn’t be able to deal with the distractions of playing in his hometown. He shrugged at the idea Saturday. “Just play ball,” he said. “That’s all I have to do.” New York Daily News

February 15, 2015 Updates

It would be a blessing (to play in Brooklyn),” Stephenson said. “But right now, Charlotte, that’s what I’m doing right now.” There are concerns that Stephenson — who is known as a volatile personality — wouldn’t be able to deal with the distractions of playing in his hometown. He shrugged at the idea Saturday. “Just play ball,” he said. “That’s all I have to do.” New York Daily News

February 14, 2015 Updates
February 13, 2015 Updates

Mason Plumlee isn't whispering in Nets general manager Billy King's ear. But if he was, he'd endorse a move to bring Brooklyn legend Lance Stephenson to the Nets. Stephenson, in his first season with the Charlotte Hornets after starring at Coney Island's Lincoln High and later the Indiana Pacers, has been linked to a trade to the Nets for some time. New York Daily News

Trade talks involving Charlotte and Brooklyn restarted later last month that also involved Joe Johnson but nothing happened. "It's all speculation, though," Plumlee said to reporters on Thursday at the All-Star practice. "I could go through a lot of guys in the league you would love to play with but he gets brought up because he's a Brooklyn guy. I'm sure the city would love to have him. But he's not helping us right now." "I respect him as a player," added Plumlee. New York Daily News

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

Dwayne “Tiny” Morton has been spotted on the sidelines of a handful of games this season to watch his former team — the Lincoln Railsplitters, and was spotted again during Friday night’s win against Jefferson. The first-year assistant coach at Seton Hall said that he's heard the trade rumors connecting his former player, Lance Stephenson, to the Brooklyn Nets. He seemed excited by the idea and brushed off concerns that Stephenson could get himself into trouble playing back at home. “He's been in the NBA for a couple of years now and if he can't manage playing at home then he doesn't belong in the NBA,” Morton said. “So I don't think Lance will have a problem playing at home. I think that he would love to play in Brooklyn.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“I just hope that if it happens that his team is good enough that it can win,” he said. “He doesn't want to come home and lose. That's a bad situation right there...I'm not in the NBA so I don't know, but if he loses it's too much, it doesn't matter who you are, it’s going to be a tough situation for anyone.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Officially reintroducing the Marbury Mid is Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson, who's been playing in the original White/Navy colorway. Last October, Stephenson told us that the Marbury was one of the AND1 shoes he wanted to see retroed. “I want the Sprewells to come back out. I want the Stephon Marburys to come back out,” said Stephenson. “I try to tell them give me all of them in different colorways.” Sole Collector

January 26, 2015 Updates
January 25, 2015 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets have restarted trade discussions, this time focused on guard Joe Johnson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include guards Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The Nets remain a team in transition but it doesn’t appear they’ll make any major moves before the trade deadline. They were in serious discussions with the Hornets involving Lance Stephenson for Brook Lopez but talks broke off. Lopez has one year left on his contract, a player option for $15 million, and the Nets would be best served to trade him before the contract expires. He doesn’t appear to fit into Lionel Hollins’s system. Hollins likes physical, defensive-minded centers. Boston Globe

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