Indiana Pacers owner backs trade move for Hornets' Lance Stephenson

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With the Charlotte Hornets reportedly seeking to trade away Lance Stephenson only months after handing him a three-year, $27 million deal it hasn't taken long for several NBA franchises to turn their attention to the talented shooting guard.

In limbo

Surprisingly though the front runners at this point appear to be the only other team for whom Lance Stephenson has played for in his NBA career.

Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon told the Indianapolis Star today that he would back any move to bring Stephenson back to the franchise in a trade.

"I'd be OK with it," explained Simon before insisting the final decision on any move would lie with Larry Bird.

"But it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits."

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Stephenson left the Pacers this summer after four years with the franchise, and many Hornets fans hoped that his arrival in Charlotte would see him develop into a true NBA star.

That has yet to happen however, and with the Hornets sitting on a 6-18 start it looks as if Stephenson could be the scape goat as Michael Jordan and co look to figure out a way to save their season.

Making a comeback?

The Indiana Pacers could certainly use the addition of some new (familiar) faces what with their ongoing injury issues which began when franchise star Paul George went down with a broken leg during the offseason.

Simon though insisted the organization would have to decide if Stephenson's return would impact negatively on team chemistry.

"“First of all, we don’t know if they’re really trading him, at least I don’t know,” Simon said.

“I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that."

With Bird having expressed his disappointment at losing the shooting guard during the offseason it wouldn't be surprising to see him back any move that would see Stephenson don a Pacers jersey so soon after his initial exit.

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