Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson will remain with the team for the time being as management has not been impressed with the trade offers it has received for him, reports ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard and Ramona Shelburne.
According to the report, as many as seven teams made inquiries about the fifth-year shooting guard.
Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal this offseason after averaging a career-high 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists with the Indiana Pacer last season. The Hornets hold a team option on the final season of his contract. Players that signed new contracts in the offseason are now eligible to be traded, and Stephenson’s slow start to the season reportedly prompted putting him on the trading block.
Stephenson, 24, is averaging 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists through 25 games but is only shooting 39 percent from the floor. He has a groin injury and will not play in Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Hornets are 6-19 this season and have lost four games in a row.
- Scooby Axson