Lance Stephenson RUMORS & NEWS

  • How it’s all gone horribly wrong for Lance Stephenson

    New York Post "To say Lance Stephenson’s first season in Charlotte hasn’t gone well is an understatement. The Brooklyn native signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Hornets last summer — with the third year a team option — after spending the first four years of his NBA career playing for the..." March 05

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    Rod Boone @rodboone

    Steve Clifford on Lance's season in Charlotte: "I think first of all, in some ways, expectations were a little out of whack."

  • Stephenson still searching for identity in Hornets' system

    Fox Sports Carolinas "Charlotte has just finished another game, this time a loss to Oklahoma City, and the throng of local media converged into the Hornets locker room to talk to the players. Sitting in a chair in the right-front corner of the locker room at his locker stall, Lance Stephenson quietly dressed. Not a..." March 02

  • Mason Plumlee hopes Nets can make Lance Stephenson trade happen

    New York Daily News "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..." February 13

  • Hornets, Nets resume trade talks, this time focusing on Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson

    Yahoo! Sports "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..." January 26

  • Report: Lopez-Stephenson-Perkins 3-way trade 'dead' "The potential three-way trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets is "dead, at least for now," according to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell. The trade reportedly would have looked something like this: Thunder receive: Brook Lopez Nets receive:..." January 16

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    Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

    Sources: Nets,Hornets,OKC talking 3-way trade. Brook Lopez 2 OKC, Lance Stephenson 2 BKN, Jeremy Lamb/Jarrett Jack 2 Charlotte.Talks ongoing

  • Hornets guard Lance Stephenson's minutes will be quite limited initially

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson will be activated tonight against the San Antonio Spurs after missing 14 games with a pelvic sprain. But don’t expect Stephenson to play many minutes tonight. Coach Steve Clifford said Stephenson needs to regain game shape before that is..." January 15

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Nets talking to several teams, but officials around league say Nets making second hard push for intel on Charlotte's Lance Stephenson.

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Injury Update: @hornets Gary Neal (sore right hamstring) is out tonight vs Spurs. Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) will play.

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    Clifford tells media that @hornets Stephenson has gone thru 2 days of practice & contact. If he gets thru shootaround expects him 2 play tom

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Lance Stephenson still isn't cleared for change-of-direction movements, so he's nowhere close to playing right now.

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Lance Stephenson will miss at least next 2 games.

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    Stephanie Ready @StephanieReady

    Hornets Injury Report vs. ORL Jefferson - Strained Left Groin – Probable Pargo - Low Back Soreness – Out Stephenson - Pelvic Strain – Out

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    Lance Stephenson out at least through Christmas.

  • Report: Hornets End Lance Stephenson Trade Talks Due To Lack Of Interest

    NESN "While folks in Boston debate whether the Celtics got fleeced in the Rajon Rondo trade, at least the Celts were able to find a buyer for their polarizing star. The Charlotte Hornets weren’t so fortunate. The Hornets have decided to keep mercurial shooting guard Lance Stephenson “for now,”..." December 19

  • Hornets Stephenson staying put 'for now' "Underwhelmed by the quality of trade offers they've received for Lance Stephenson, the Charlotte Hornets have decided to keep the volatile guard "for now,'' according to league sources. A stunningly poor start to the season, chemistry issues and Stephenson's sub-par play had led the Hornets..." December 19

  • Pacers owner Herb Simon on Stephenson: 'I'd be OK (but) Bird has to decide'

    Indianapolis Star "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..." December 16

  • 'Few would be surprised' if Hornets explore Lance Stephenson trades "The first month of the season has been a disaster for the 4-14 Charlotte Hornets, and they're looking to explore trade opportunities, perhaps even ones involving marquee free-agent signing Lance Stephenson, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe. The Hornets have been aggressive making trade calls,..." December 01

  • Rumor: Lance Stephenson was issue with Roy Hibbert, may be issue in Charlotte

    Pro Basketball Talk "Take a little of the salt that you didn’t use as a rub on your Thanksgiving Day turkey and use it here, because it sounds like someone has an axe to grind. That said… This season Roy Hibbert is back to playing like an All-Star, like one of the game’s top centers. He was an All-Star last season..." November 28

  • Lance Stephenson: 'I think I'm going to get booed'

    Indianapolis Star "Lance Stephenson has already visualized the scene when his name is announced inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He left his only NBA home in July, joining the Charlotte Hornets after a drawn-out month of free agency. He returns Wednesday night for the first time as an opponent. Though those..." November 19

  • Lance Stephenson and Pacers could both regret his departure

    New York Post "When Lance Stephenson entered the NBA four years ago after the Pacers took him with the 40th pick in the 2010 draft, he was coming off one collegiate season at Cincinnati and facing serious questions as to whether he would ever realize the talent that earned him the nickname “Born Ready” while..." October 23

  • Report: Lance Stephenson verbally agreed to join Mavs in free agency "Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson almost joined the Dallas Mavericks this past summer, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling. By the weekend of July 11, both sides had verbally committed to a two-year contract worth slightly more than Stephenson's eventual deal with the Hornets,..." October 10

  • Hornets guard Stephenson ready to lead, take game to next level

    Fox Sports Carolinas "When Lance Stephenson met with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan for the first time during the offseason in Las Vegas, he said he was awestruck and practically couldn't speak. He idolized the man many consider to be the best basketball player to ever put on a pair of sneakers and to have..." September 30

  • Kravitz: Larry Bird can't understand why Lance Stephenson bolted

    Indianapolis Star "In the end, flashing the choke sign at LeBron James and then blowing in the King's ear wasn't the silliest thing Lance Stephenson ever did. The most foolish thing Stephenson and his lawyer/agent, Alberto Ebanks, did was turning down the Pacers' five-year, $44 million contract. Do the..." July 22

  • Hornets sign Lance Stephenson "Lance Stephenson has signed a three-year, $27 million deal to play for the Charlotte Hornets, according to league sources. The deal was signed early Wednesday morning after Hornets owner Michael Jordan, general manager Rich Cho and coach Steve Clifford met with Stephenson and his..." July 17

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    After not expressing much interest in Lance Stephenson, the Hornets are now looking into possibly signing him, the Observer has learned.

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    Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

    The Chicago Bulls expressed interest in Lance Stephenson today, according to sources.

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    Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

    In addition to Dallas & Lakers, Boston also showing interest in Lance Stephenson, source said

  • Should Hornets target Lance Stephenson? "Lance Stephenson is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Stephenson had a terrific season for the Pacers production-wise, but had issues on the floor in games that has troubled many teams around the NBA. For that reason, the offers coming to Stephenson might be a lot less than what..." June 10

  • The Courtship of Lance Stephenson

    Grantland "Lance Stephenson’s free agency should be a mega-event. He’s just 23, with solid two-way skills at a position where talent is so scarce, Klay Thompson’s agent will be able to keep a straight face when trying to wring a max-level extension from Golden State.1 And Stephenson is an unrestricted..." June 10

  • Lance Stephenson Leaves NBA Executives Split on his Value

    Sheridan Hoops "Lance Stephenson is a free agent enigma and a polarizing topic amongst league executives. Stephenson, a tantalizing talent who led the league in triple-doubles (5), showed signs of immaturity during the playoffs with his antics toward LeBron James, leaving several executives split on his free..." June 04

  • Lance’s Agent Hopes to Get Deal Done With Pacers

    Zagsblog "One day after Larry Bird said he wants Lance Stephenson back with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson’s agent told the two sides hope “to get a deal done.” “They are a quality organization from the top down,” Alberto Ebanks told of the Pacers. “We are going to try to get a deal done...." June 03

  • Larry Bird hopes to bring Stephenson back to Pacers "Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird told reporters Monday that he hopes Lance Stephenson will be back with the team as a free agent, despite his disappointment in the guard's hijinks during the Eastern Conference Finals. From the AP: "I think his ceiling is what he wants it to be," said Bird,..." June 03

  • Even Larry Bird bothered by Lance Stephenson's trolling

    USA Today "The Lance Stephenson Internet memes are good. Stephenson's photo edited to be blowing into an old video game cartridge. Stephenson sipping on a milkshake with the cast from Friends. Stephenson blowing down the Miami Heat's house. Stephenson blowing 50 Cent's first pitch way outside. Stephenson..." May 30

  • NBA fines Pacers’ Lance Stephenson for second flop on Heat’s LeBron James "The NBA has fined Pacers guard Lance Stephenson $10,000 for his second flop on Heat forward LeBron James during the Eastern Conference finals. Stephenson is now the first player to be fined on four separate occasions for flopping since the NBA instituted its new anti-flopping program prior to the..." May 29

  • Ray Allen on Lance Stephenson: ‘It’s buffoonery’

    Larry Brown Sports "If Lance Stephenson was successful with half of the stuff he has been trying to pull to get in the heads of the Miami Heat players, his team would not be trailing 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Stephenson trash talked LeBron before Game 4 only to watch James go on to dominate. On..." May 29

  • Report: Hibbert’s ‘selfish dudes’ comments was directed at Lance Stephenson

    Pro Basketball Talk "At the end of March when the Pacers were right in the thick of their second-half struggles, Roy Hibbert lashed out at his teammates following a loss to the Wizards. “Some selfish dudes in here,” Roy Hibbert muttered. “Some selfish dudes. I’m tired of talking about it. We’ve been talking about..." May 29

  • Hornets could pursue Lance Stephenson, Luol Deng

    Sports Glory "The Charlotte Hornets are expected to make a big move this offseason, and they reportedly already have two big free agent names on their wishlist. According to a report from The Charlotte Observer, the Hornets could pursue both Lance Stephenson and Luol Deng this coming offseason. Both players..." May 28

  • Pacers uncertain about Lance Stephenson's future "Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is a conundrum. He's capable of brilliance in pressure-packed playoff situations, and he's prone to decisions, with the ball in his hands or with microphones in his face, that leave his teammates wondering what he was thinking. A few months ago, he was an..." May 28

  • Lance Stephenson: 'I can take heat' "Lance Stephenson's Indiana Pacers teammates delivered some strong rebukes Monday night after his comments created a potential distraction for his team and might have given LeBron James extra motivation before a vital playoff game. "You know, Lance is young, and that's a teaching point," Pacers..." May 27

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    Candace Buckner @CandaceDBuckner

    Paul on Lance: "He’s doing it to the wrong guy. He’s barking up the wrong tree. LeBron is the same way, he feeds off that kind of energy."

  • Lance Stephenson's Game 7 Technical Foul Rescinded By NBA

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA rescinded the technical foul called on Lance Stephenson in Game 7 of the Indiana Pacers’ first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks, a league source told RealGM. Stephenson had a high-octane performance in the Pacers’ series-clinching win on Saturday, scoring 19 points, grabbing 14..." May 06

  • Lance Stephenson to appeal technical from Game 7

    Pro Basketball Talk "In the playoffs, if you pick up seven technical fouls you get suspended for a game. Lance Stephenson already has three from the first round. He picked up his third early in the fourth quarter Pacers’ Game 7 win over the Hawks — he didn’t get a call he wanted on the offensive end in a..." May 05

  • Pacers deny fistfight between Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner "Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner reportedly had quite the scrap on the eve of the playoffs, but as you'd expect, the team got its story straight and denied the severity of the fight. Impossible for us to know what happened unless the Pacers want to go ahead and release their practic film for..." April 23

  • Pacers fight each other on eve of playoffs, finally take swing at Hawks in Game 2

    Yahoo! Sports "On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with..." April 23

  • Spatting George Hill and Lance Stephenson separated by teammates during loss to Spurs

    Pro Basketball Talk "Think tensions are high in Indiana? The Pacers have lost five of six and 10 of 16. They’ve even dropped three straight, each by at least 13 points. Suddenly, they trail the Heat in the standings Every little problem between teammates, the type of issues that usually get swept under the rug..." April 01

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    Scott Agness @ScottAgness

    David West said they addressed Stephenson’s emotions as a group postgame. “He’s just got to mature. He’s got to put his big boy pants on."

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    IndyStar Sports @IndyStarSports

    RT @CandaceDBuckner: Lance Stephenson will be good to go tonight for the #Pacers

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    Indiana Pacers @Pacers

    Lance Stephenson has a bruised lower back, and his status is day-to-day.