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Height/Weight: 6-5/230 | Birthdate: 9/5/1990 | Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY | Team: Charlotte Hornets | College: Cincinnati | NBA Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 63/20 | Average Draft Position: 57.47
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Hornets GM: Lance Stephenson signing 'didn't work out'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Hornets GM Rich Cho met with the media for a season-ending press conference and expressed his disappointment in Lance Stephenson.

The team signed Stephenson to a three year, $27 million contract in the offseason. Cho said the signing, "didn't work out as we expected it to ... We thought it would work out a lot better," per NBA.com

Stephenson was benched in several games near the end of the season and set a record for worst NBA 3-point percentage in a season. 


Five Hornets players ruled out for season finale


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/15/2015) The Hornets will play their season finale without the services of five key players, all of whom were ruled out by the team Wednesday.

Center Al Jefferson (knee), forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) and Cody Zeller (shoulder), and guards P.J. Hairston (knee) and Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play against Toronto. 

The Hornets are 10-point underdogs against the Raptors. 


Hairston, Kidd-Gilchrist, Stephenson, others out for Hornets on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) The Hornets have announed that guard P.J. Hairston (right knee sprain), forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle), guard Lance Stephenson (toes) and center Al Jefferson (knee) are all out Monday against the Rockets.

The Hornets are 11.5-point underdogs against the Rockets.

Lance Stephenson ruled out for Hornets on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Lance Stephenson (toe) has been ruled out of Sunday's Hornets game at the Pistons, the team announced.

Stephenson was originally listed as questionable for the game.

It'll be the third straight game that Stephenson will miss. The Hornets are seven and a half point underdogs on the road. 


Hornets rule Jefferson, Zeller, Stephenson, Kidd-Gilchrist out Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Hornets will be without center Al Jefferson (knee), forward Cody Zeller (shoulder), guard Lance Stephenson (toe) and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) for Friday's game at Atlanta, reports NBA.com.

Center Bismack Biyombo, forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson should receive more playing time as a result of the absences.

The Hornets are 9 1/2-point underdogs.


Hornets list Stephenson, Zeller as out for Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Hornets guard Lance Stephenson and forward Cody Zeller have been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Raptors, the team announced.

Stephenson sustained a right toe sprain during Tuesday's loss to the Heat. Meanwhile, Zeller has missed the last 10 games with a shoulder injury.

The Hornets are 3 1/2-point underdogs.


Lance Stephenson not likely to play for Hornets on Friday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Lance Stephenson is likely headed for another DNP for the Hornets, Friday at the Pacers.

Coach Steve Clifford said that Stephenson was unlikely to play, per Pacers.com. He said he had to work with Stephenson to "make adjustments to bring out his strengths". 

Stephenson has not played in the last two games. 


Hornets' Clifford says he can't find fit for Lance Stephenson


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) With Hornets guard Lance Stephenson struggling for most of the season, coach Steve Clifford admits it's been difficult to find a unit Stephenson can fit in, reports The Charlotte Observer.

Stephenson missed his second-consecutive game Wednesday due to a coach's decision and Clifford said he's trying to make it work with Stephenson.

"Lance is here because of me. I'm the one that wanted Lance," Clifford said. "It's simply that I can't find a group that plays well when he's out there." 


G Lance Stephenson does not regret signing with Hornets


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/31/2015) Despite a season full of struggles, guard Lance Stephenson does not regret signing as a free agent with the Hornets, per NBA.com.

Stephenson is averaging 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season, down from 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season for the Pacers.

"I love this system. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. Some people come into systems and fit right in. Some people it takes time. I feel like with me I'm going to take time."

Stephenson's season has been such a disappointment that he was held of the Hornets' biggest game of the year so far, a 116-104 loss Monday to the Celtics.

"I think the biggest thing for him is he's 23 and this is the first time he's gone somewhere different," said Hornets coach Steve Clifford. "He's played for the same team and same coach for four years with the same basic offensive and defensive structure."

Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal this past offseason.


Hornets guard Lance Stephenson upset over not playing Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) After not playing in Monday's game due to a coach's decision, Hornets guard Lance Stephenson was asked if he was upset over the decision, which Stephenson did not agree with, reports The Charlotte Observer.

"Of course," Stephenson said. "I feel like I could have helped our team. I feel like I could have helped tonight. But it's not in my hands. I just come out every day and try to get ready for each game and stay in shape."

Coach Steve Clifford said with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sidelined, he has turned to Jeff Taylor to replace Kidd-Gilchrist and the team has struggled to find consistency from its bench players.

"I explained to [Stephenson] that I'm not saying it's his fault at all," Clifford said.


Hornets' Clifford on Stephenson: Expectations were out of whack


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) When asked about guard Lance Stephenson's recent struggles, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Stephenson is a victim of unrealistic expectations, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

"A lot of this is totally off base among basketball people," Clifford said. "He's [24] years old. He'd played for one coach in one offense. This is Lance's first time playing with new guys. His attitude has been fine. The expectations were a little out of whack."

Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal to play for the Hornets in the offseason, after a breakout campaign with the Pacers. Since joining Charlotte, his scoring(8.6 points per game) field goal percentage (36.6 percent) and three-point percentage (14.8 percent) have all taken a hit in his new role with the second unit.


Report: Clippers trying to use Crawford to land first-round pick


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) The Clippers have "probed the market" with shooting guard Jamal Crawford in an attempt to land a first-round pick to then swap for a wing player, Yahoo! Sports reports.

If successful, the Clippers would use the pick to make a competitive offer for Nuggets wing players Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo, per the report. The Clippers also continue to have an interest in Suns shooting guard Gerald Green. The Clippers also scouted Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson but decided to move on without making a serious pursuit.

Crawford has averaged 16.0 points on 39.1 percent shooting in 53 games.


Hornets' Stephenson: 'It would be a blessing' to play in Brooklyn


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2015) Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson called the possibility of playing in Brooklyn for the Nets a "blessing" Saturday, the New York Daily News reports.

"It would be a blessing (to play in Brooklyn)," Stephenson said. "But right now, Charlotte, that’s what I’m doing right now."

The Nets engaged in trade talks with the Hornets involving Stephenson last month, and while the teams weren't able to work out a deal, the chance remains that discussions could be rekindled. Stephenson, who is the leading high school scorer in New York City history, was at an event in Brooklyn Saturday to pay tribute to Brooklyn Streetball.

"I’m just trying to get my mind off of basketball, go to my neighborhood and get my hunger back,” Stephenson said. "With me, it’s all mental. I feel like once I get mentally into it, coming back to get that hunger. Cause sometimes you lose your hunger. You’ve been doing it for so long you forget all the hard work that got you here. So I’m just getting back on that, getting focused."

Stephenson signed a three-year deal with the Hornets last offseason worth $27 million. He has averagd 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists in his first season in Charlotte.


Report: Lance Stephenson expected to remain a Hornet


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Hornets guard Lance Stephenson is reportedly expected to remain in Charlotte beyond the trade deadline because the team cannot find a trade partner to send him to, according to Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Stephenson, who signed with the Hornets during the offseason, is averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 38 games. He has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors, including being sent to Brooklyn.


Hornets SG Lance Stephenson will play Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson will play Saturday against the 76ers, the team announced.

Stephenson was questionable for Saturday's game due to left knee tendinitis, but he should be available to play his regular role. He has averaged 9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 35 games.

The Hornets are 8-point favorites in Philadelphia Saturday.


Hornets list G Lance Stephenson questionable vs. 76ers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) The Hornets have labeled guard Lance Stephenson as questionable for Saturday's contest against the 76ers, per the team's official website. Stephenson is dealing with knee tendinitis, which could keep him sidelined. Gary Neal could see an increase in minutes, if Stephenson is unable to play.

Stephenson is averaging 9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season. He has started 25 of his first 35 games for Charlotte.


Looking ahead at key numbers for the second half


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, Chris Towers took a look at some key numbers for a number of Fantasy relevant players for the second half of the season. Click over to see his second half over/under lines for Brandon Knight, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Jimmy Butler, Joe Johnson, Kemba Walker, Kyle Korver, Lance Stephenson, Pau Gasol, Stephen Curry and Trevor Ariza.  

Report: Hornets, Nets discussing Lance Stephenson, Joe Johnson trade


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Hornets and Nets have reportedly re-opened trade talks with the focus on guards Joe Johnson and Lance Stephenson, according to Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn and Charlotte are looking at a larger deal which would include Stephenson, Gerald  Henderson and Marvin Williams.

Johnson has recently dealt with tendinitis in his knee and ankle and is due to make $24.9 million next season.


If you own Lance Stephenson, you're stuck


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) It's easy to understand why Fantasy owners are so frustrated with Lance Stephenson. He spent the first two months of the season bricking every shot he took, and then missed 14 games recovering from a groin injury amid a swirl of trade rumors, the latest of which would have had the Hornets dumping him for little in return. At this point, what do you have to gain from having him on your roster?

Quite a bit, actually, even if he hasn't given any evidence of that so far this season. Stephenson was a borderline top-75 Fantasy option in Rotisserie leagues a year ago, and made it into the top-20 among guards in raw Fantasy scoring as well. Say what you will about what Stephenson has done in Charlotte -- and there isn't much positive to say -- but his upside is clear if you can step back a bit. If you have held on to him for this long, what sense is there in dumping him now, when he might just be able to turn things around.

Stephenson has struggled with his shot all season long, making just 8 of 53 3-point attempts, and is shooting just 44.0 percent on 2-pointers as well. He was a 49.1 percent shooter from the field and made 86 3-pointers a year ago, so you probably want to bet on him regressing a bit. The fact of the matter is, nobody is going to give you anything worthwhile for Stephenson, and you probably won't find anyone with the kind of upside he showed in 2013 on waivers, so you might be stuck.


Reports: Thunder-Nets still talking trade after three-team deal fails


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) While there are multiple reports a three-team trade between the Thunder, Nets and Hornets is off the table, it now appears the Thunder and Nets are talking about a two-team deal, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard and Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nets unwillingness to take Lance Stephenson in a trade has Brooklyn focused on dealing with the Thunder directly about a deal for center Brook Lopez, sources told Yahoo Sports.

ESPN also reports the Nets are talking with the Thunder about a trade involving Lopez. The main piece the Nets would receive would be center Kendrick Perkins.


Reports: Nets are holding up three-way trade with Hornets, Thunder


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Nets have stalled trade talks with the Hornets and Thunder because they're trying to change some of the players in the deal, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer called the three-way deal "dead," at least for now.

It was previously reported that the Nets were looking to send center Brook Lopez to the Thunder. Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson would have gone to the Nets and Thunder shooting guard Jeremy Lamb and Nets point guard Jarrett Jack would have been Charlotte-bound.


Report: Nets, Hornets, Thunder discuss Lopez-Stephenson trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Nets, Hornets and Thunder are discussing a three-way trade, ESPN reports.

In the rumored deal, Nets center Brook Lopez would head to the Thunder, Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson would be sent to the Nets and Thunder shooting guard Jeremy Lamb and Nets point guard Jarrett Jack would head to the Hornets.

Lopez's trade market has heated up over the last few days. Stephenson returned Wednesday from a 14-game absence caused by a pelvic sprain. Lamb has seen spotty playing time in Oklahoma City in recent weeks. Jack has played for seven different teams in the last eight seasons.


Report: Nets making push for Hornets' Lance Stephenson


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) With the Nets involved in a variety of trade talks, sources told Yahoo Sports Hornets guard Lance Stephenson is near the top of their list.

Stephenson has struggled since joining the Hornets in the offseason. He recently returned from a 14-game absence with a pelvic injury. In 26 games, he is averaging 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.


Hornets SG Lance Stephenson set for 15 minutes in return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Hornets coach Steven Clifford expects shooting guard Lance Stephenson to play about 15 minutes in his return from a pelvic sprain Wednesday, the team announced.

Stephenson missed 14 games with the pelvic injury but is ready to return to action against the Spurs Wednesday. He has averaged 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25 games.

Charlotte is a 4 1/2-point home underdog against San Antonio Wednesday.


Hornets list Lance Stephenson probable for Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Hornets guard Lance Stephenson was officially listed as probable for Wednesday's contest against San Antonio, the team announced.

Stephenson missed the previous 14 games due to a pelvic sprain, but went through two consecutive days of full contact practice and appears ready to make his first appearance since Dec. 17. Coach Steve Clifford told reporters he'll be "quite limited" through his first couple of games as he regains conditioning, per the Charlotte Observer . He averaged 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25 games prior to the injury.

Charlotte is a 4 1/2-point underdog at home against San Antonio, per VegasInsider.com.