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Update, trade cancelled: Hornets change mind, do not go for Jeremy Lamb for Matt Barnes move


UPDATE June 25, 10:05 am: This trade was never finalized, and at the last minute the Hornets found a better deal and moved Matt Barnes to Memphis for Luke Rindour. This saves Charlotte some money, and Barnes is pretty much a perfect fit for the grit-and-grind Grizzlies.

June 24, 8:30 pm: Getting Nicolas Batum out of Portland was not the only trade the Charlotte Hornets made on Wednesday.

Looking to add more three-point shooting (the Hornets were last in the NBA in three-point percentage last season) the team has added a young, athletic wing player with potential in Jeremy Lamb, something reported by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

Matt Barnes is a solid, hard-working veteran rotation player that would fit on a lot of teams and seems destined for free agency (the Clippers sent him to Charlotte in the Lance Stephenson deal). He has a $3.5 million contract for next season but only $1 million is guaranteed and the Thunder seem likely to buy him out. Why? Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports explains.

Lamb didn’t play a big role in OKC but he will get another chance in Charlotte. Hcan certainly score from the wing and did that often off the catch-and-shoot in Oklahoma City. He’s a career 34.8 percent shooter from three and more than 40 percent of his shots come from beyond the arc. He’s incredibly athletic and shows flashes of potential.

But his defense often kept him on the bench in Oklahoma City — and it will do the same for Steve Clifford in Charlotte if Lamb doesn’t play better on that end.

That said he will get a chance. The Hornets need to space the floor and are on a mission to get some shooting on the roster (which is why they may draft pick-and-pop big man Frank Kaminsky out of Wisconsin).

Report: Clippers exploring Wilson Chandler trade


The Clippers tried to trade for Wilson Chandler during the season.

With an even bigger need at small forward after trading Matt Barnes, they’re trying again.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

The Clippers are also exploring trade options for Jamal Crawford, according to sources, and one possibility is trading Crawford and C.J. Wilcox, the team’s 2014 first round pick, to the Denver Nuggets for Wilson Chandler.

Maybe the Nuggets are more willing to trade Chandler than they were at the deadline, but I don’t think this would be enough.

I like where Doc Rivers’ head is, though.

Bringing Lance Stephenson off the bench is ideal. A 3-and-D player like Chandler would be a better fit around Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. If Stephenson is handling the ball off the bench, that makes Crawford somewhat superfluous.

Chandler isn’t the only option to create this roster figuration. Paul Pierce would also work.

Report: Paul Pierce opting out of contract with Wizards

Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals: Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards

Paul Pierce will play next season.

With that decision made, his next step is handling his his $5,543,725 player option.

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce has decided to play next season but is expected to bypass his $5.5 million player option, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

This doesn’t preclude Pierce from returning to the Wizards. In fact, he can re-sign for a 20% raise from last season (to $5,543,725). Exercising his option would have meant just a 4.5% raise.

Pierce probably has the leverage to secure that bigger deal from Washington after his impressive season and playoff run. But the Wizards should be mindful of getting Otto Porter an expanded role.

More importantly, they’ll be wary of giving Pierce more than one year – with their primary goal preserving cap space for Kevin Durant in 2016.

That could open the door for the Clippers, who are interested in Pierce and have a big hole at small forward after trading Matt Barnes. They can pay just the taxpayer mid-level exception ($3,376,000 starting), but they’d probably hesitate less to offer multiple years (a second year at $3,527,920 and maybe even a third year at$3,679,840).

It’s unclear how much a longer contract appeals to Pierce, who turns 38 before the season. But the Clippers offer a starting job, a coach he knows in Doc Rivers and a spot in his native Los Angeles.

Doc Rivers: Lance Stephenson starting for Clippers is worst-case scenario

Charlotte Hornets v Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers did the scary thing and traded for Lance Stephenson.

Now, they must figure out how to use him.

Clippers coach/president Doc Rivers on The Beat 980, via Arash Markazi of ESPN:

“I like that [Stephenson] can play multiple positions — really 2, 3 and 1 — because he’s a terrific passer,” Rivers told The Beast 980. “I don’t know if I made the trade for him to be a starter, per se, I look at him really more to be a utility player that can come in and play literally three different positions for us. When you look at us, we needed toughness and more athleticism and we get that.”

But if Stephenson isn’t going to be a starter, who’s going to be the team’s starting small forward for 2015-16?

“We find him, we work, we still have work to do,” Rivers said. “In the worst case and it’s not a bad case [Lance starts], and I still think that Lance is an upgrade at that position even if we wanted to start him. But I’m planning on doing more things this summer without saying much. We’re not done, clearly.”

I like the idea of Stephenson coming off the bench. He’s best with the ball in his hands, but the Clippers are way better running their offense through Chris Paul. Even Blake Griffin, who has developed impressive playmaking skills, is probably a better option due the mismatches created by being a focal point from the frontcourt.

The Clippers’ bench could certainly use more punch. However, Stephenson’s skills are somewhat redundant with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. That’s probably more of a problem for Crawford and Rivers, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, than for Stephenson.

The bigger concern than managing the bench is finding a starting small forward to replace Matt Barnes, who was dealt to the Hornets – though the issues could be related. The Clippers could try trading Crawford and  a draft pick for a wing, as they did last season. They could also attempt to sign Paul Pierce with the mid-level exception.

Overall, I’m with Rivers. Starting Stephenson wouldn’t be the end of the world. But the Clippers should attempt to form a roster that doesn’t require him to start.

Hornets GM on draft day trades around league: Expect a “decent amount of movement”


It’s not just the Knicks considering moving the No. 4 pick, or Denver looking to move Ty Lawson for a pick (and you can get Kenneth Faried too, if you want).

There’s a sense around the league that when on NBA Draft night in one week (June 25), there could be a lot of trades and player movement taking place. We’ve heard that before — both before the draft and the trade deadline — only to have the status quo reign, but the sense is there will be movement this time.

It’s not just me hearing this around the league, here is what Charlotte Hornets GM Rich Cho said at a press conference Thursday (thanks to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer).

Teams are talking right now, but it is mostly a feeling out process at this point.

Cho has already been busy, sending Lance Stephenson to the Clippers for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes. Barnes is expected to walk as a free agent, but the Hornets are looking to add shooting this summer and Hawes should be able to provide that (despite his down season in Los Angeles).

This year’s draft night could be very interesting. A lot of it could start with Latvian big man KristapsPorzingis, who a number of scouts and some GMs are very high on. If he falls past the Sixers with the No. 3pick and the Knicks are willing to move their No. 4 pick… you get the idea. But no matter how that plays out (lots of buzz Sixers GM Hinkie likes Porzingis), expect trades and some interesting moves on draft night.