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Charlotte Hornets to sign Lance Stephenson – Via ProBasketballTalk

Report: Charlotte Hornets to sign Lance Stephenson to three-year contract | ProBasketballTalk.

This is an interesting move by Charlotte, a franchise more known for making head-scratching moves. Now I am no advocate of Lance Stephenson. Even as a fellow NY’er his play can be erratic and he reminds me of a wild horse that Frank Vogel and Larry Bird needed to wrangle often, because he got loose from the herd. But there is no doubt, the kid has talent.
So forming a young nucleus of the all New York back court of him and Kemba Walker, along with Al Jefferson (assuming he can return healthy) fascinates me. And the deal being in the range of $9 million per year is a solid number to get for a young player with upside who has playoff experience.
Without a Bird around, Stephenson could revert and be a problem in the locker room. However if he continues to mature, Charlotte may take another step forward after their surprising playoff birth last season.

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