Hornets reportedly take Stephenson off trading block 'for now'
The Charlotte Hornets have decided to keep struggling swingman Lance Stephenson "for now" after receiving underwhelming trade offers, ESPN reported Friday.
The Hornets (6-19) have started slowly this season despite bringing back virtually the same roster that made the playoffs in April. Charlotte was a popular pick to make a deep playoff run this season after the team signed Stephenson to a 3-year, $27 million deal in the offseason.
Stephenson is coming off a career year during his final season with the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists but his on-court antics -- most memorably blowing in LeBron James' ear during a playoff game -- most likely hurt his free-agent value.
The Hornets reportedly explored dealing Stephenson, whose scoring, rebounding, assists and field-goal percentage have regressed from last season. Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Brooklyn Nets and the Pacers showed interest in acquiring Stephenson.