Sheridan: Top trade candidates include Stephenson, Rondo

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Anybody who signed an NBA contract prior to Sept. 16 is now eligible to be traded. And the “Most Likely” list begins and ends with Lance Stephenson … sort of. In the NBA, you never really know when someone will have a hair trigger and pull off a deal that becomes addition by subtraction (yes, we are talking about you, Stan Van Gundy/Josh Smith). But the primary guy who fits under that subcategory is Stephenson, the prized offseason acquisition of the Charlotte

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Tweet of the Day: NBA Twitterverse Reacts to Lance Stephenson Trade Rumors

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The Charlotte Hornets – Lance Stephenson experiment may soon be coming to an end. The Hornets have already begun exploring trade options for the shooting guard, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein. It’s unclear what any potential deals would look like, however, the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, along with a possible return to the Indiana Pacers have all been rumored. Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets in the offseason after negotiations to re-sign with the

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Sheridan: Steve Clifford on the Hot Seat in Charlotte

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The team formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats was supposed to be a heck of a lot better than they are. The Hornets begin this week with a nine-game losing streak, and compounding the misery is the fact that coach Steve Clifford has benched prized offseason acquisition Lance Stephenson in the fourth quarters of several games, including two last week. Under the “we’ve seen this movie before” theory, when a star play is at odds with a losing coach, there is

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Bernucca: West’s Advantage Over East Bigger Than Ever

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Leave it to Jeff Van Gundy to use the holiday season as another outlet for his vastly underrated sense of humor. During Wednesday’s ESPN telecast of New York-Dallas, the analyst said he was thankful that there were not two Eastern Conferences. But as Thanksgiving quickly morphed into the Christmas shopping season, perhaps Van Gundy could ask Santa Claus for another Western Conference. Because that would allow us to throw out the Eastern Conference with all the torn wrapping paper, ugly sweaters and

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Scotto: Lance Stephenson Vows To Take Charlotte’s Offense Into His Own Hands

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NEW YORK – Three games into the Lance Stephenson era, the star free agent signee is not pleased with his role in Charlotte and vowed to make a change. “I didn’t let the game come to me,” Stephenson said after Charlotte’s 96-93 loss to New York. “I just tried to make something happen. I let the game come to me the last two games and I ended up doing nothing so I’ve got to just play more aggressive, be in attack

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SH Blog: Melo admits Knicks will never know the Triangle all the way, Blatt doesn’t like expectations set on Cleveland

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Over the summer, Carmelo Anthony had the chance to put himself in position to be a part of one of the top contending teams in the league. He was a free agent, and the Chicago Bulls believed the small forward was the perfect offensive force to complete their team compromised of mostly defensively-dominant players. Of course, Anthony decided to be loyal (the extra $20-plus million probably helped) and remained with the rebuilding New York Knicks. Unfortunately, he got to see on Wednesday

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Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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Over the last 35 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the gold standard for success, not just in the NBA, but across the Big Four sports in America. That’s the big picture. Little picture? The Lakers last season set a new standard for futility: 55 losses, more than any other team in franchise history. Nearly from start to finish, the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster of injuries and ire, much of it directed at owner and basketball operations head Jim

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