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LA Clippers acquire Lance Stephenson in a trade

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It may have taken a year to complete but the Los Angeles Clippers seem to have finally made th trade they wanted before last year's trade deadline.

The Clippers have made a trade with the Charlotte Hornets for Lance Stephenson in a move that has sent two Clippers stars to Carolina.

Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes have made the move from California and will add some experience to the Hornets team.

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Stephenson only spent one year in Charlotte since arriving off the back of an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Indiana Pacers.

His time with the Pacers was arguably his best as he was a key part of their impressive 2013 season in which they were close to an NBA Finals appearance.

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Stephenson signed with the Hornets on a three year, $27 million deal that included a team option for the final year.

That means that the Clippers will only have to pay Stephenson for next year and can refuse his option the year after if he doesn't perform for them.

Stephenson certainly didn't impressive in Charlotte after only starting 25 of his 62 appearances for the team and averaging 8.2 points.

The Hornets general manager Rich Cho has commented on the trade and has shown that there were no problems with Stephenson.

"We'd like to thank Lance for his contributions last season ... He was a consummate professional during his time with us." - Cho on Stephenson's days with the Hornets

LA have been trying to improve at the wing for years and tonight's trade will help them with their financial situation too.

The Clippers were almost at the Cap and the only way they were likely to be able to improve would have been through a trade.

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