Hearing that Clippers and Hornets have agreed in principle on a Lance Stephenson trade and on course to proceed with trade call tonight— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 16, 2015
This will officially end Stephenson's time with the Hornets. He hasn't even been with the team for a full year yet, but it's very clear the they not want Stephenson to be around any longer.
As reported by Adrian Wojarnowski earlier, the Hornets will be receiving forwards Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes in return for Stephenson.
Trade, I'm told, is on course to be completed as early as tonight to make Lance Stephenson a Clipper in exchange for S. Hawes and M. Barnes— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 16, 2015
Although it looks like Barnes won't be staying around long term. They're likely just eat his contract and let him become a free agent, but don't be surprised if Charlotte keeps him short term and try to flip his contract on draft night.
It is unlikely Charlotte keeps Barnes, who'll become a free agent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 16, 2015
It's not particularly surprising to see Lance Stephenson traded away already, but it's still a very strange situation considering he was Charlotte's top free agent acquisition last season. Most would expect the team to not let one bad season force them into a trade so early on, but trade rumors have surrounded him and the team since December. If it was only bad play on the court then Stephenson would most likely still be with Charlotte, but there has been speculation that issues in the locker room and chemistry with the team is what forced the Hornets to try and move him so soon after making the signing last summer.
Of course, all of these off court issues could have been overlooked had Stephenson played better, or fit better with the team. Instead, Stephenson put up horrible numbers across the board, and finished with 8.2 points, 3.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 37 percent from the field. His horrible season, the team failing to meet expectations, and rumors of off-court issues combined to form the dagger to Stephenson's short lived career in Charlotte.