Charlotte Hornets take Lance Stephenson of trade block

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This time last week it appeared that Lance Stephenson's time with the Charlotte Hornets was set to come to a very premature end.

Reports suggested that, frustrated with the a poor start to the 2014-15 NBA season, the Hornets were actively seeking to trade away the star player less than six months after signing him to a three year deal.

No Go

As such the likes of former team the Indiana Pacers, as well as the Miami Heat had made contact with the Hornets in a bid to acquire Stephenson. It appears now though that any trade hopes have been dashed with the news today that Charlotte have pulled Lance Stephenson off the trade block.

According to ESPN, whatever issues the Hornets may have had with the star guard, it looks like they are willing to hold fire on any trade having been unimpressed with the tentative offers they received.

"Underwhelmed by the quality of trade offers they've received for Lance Stephenson, the Charlotte Hornets have decided to keep the volatile guard "for now," league sources told Ramona Shelburne.

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Heat interest

The guard hasn't exactly thrived in his new surrounding but Stephenson was an effective presence during his fours in Indiana and the Miami Heat - a teams whom Stephenson had some of his best games against - were certainly one of those interested in bringing his talent on board.

The Heat have struggled with injury all season long and are clearly in the market for some new additions. Unwilling to pay above up this time around though looks likely to have cost them their shot at Stephenson, for now at least.

Lucky escape?

The Charlotte Hornets' U-turn regarding Stephenson may in fact be a blessing in disguise for the Miami Heat.

Their players, and fans, haven't exactly had the best relationship with the guard during recent years with Stephenson having several run ins on the court during some heated playoff series encounters.

Even with the Miami Heat occupying an unusually low Eastern Conference spot, and in need of an injection of impetus, it is unlikely the Heat nation would welcome Stephenson with open arms.

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