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If you’ve been paying even mild attention to the NBA playoffs, then you’ve heard of Lance Stephenson. From challenging LeBron James to blowing in the king's ear, he’s done it all. You can look at this from many different perspectives, but let’s look at it as if we are Hornets executives. You have a young team with a very stable locker room and good chemistry, why would you bring in a guy who would most likely disturb that? Another way you could look at it is he’s an experienced postseason player who is a very dynamic shooting guard, something the Hornets are in need of. Below I’ll take everything into consideration and decide if he should be offered a contract.
Okay, so you’ve got your point guard, you have your center, so what else do you need? The most obvious answer is a stable shooting guard, something the Hornets do not currently have. I’ve said since day one of this off-season that Henderson and Kidd-Gilchrist can not be the starting wings if getting better next year is in the Hornets plan. My preference would be to upgrade at shooting guard. While the Hornets would have many options to doing that, one of them is Lance Stephenson. If I’m in the front office, I’m not ignoring his unnecessary antics on the floor, but I’m not letting them distract me from the bottom line: he could be the missing guy to the Hornets puzzle. I previously stated Stephenson would not be playing for the Hornets next year based off how the Hornets are operated, and I still believe that. However, if I’m running the team I sign him, as long as the price is right.
I think Stephenson could be a phenomenal player for the Hornets for many years. Personally I think all his antics will calm down if he comes to play for Steve Clifford. With that being said, If the Hornets don't believe that, I can confidently say they won't consider him for the 2014 Hornets.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe