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Lance Stephenson Reportedly Traded to Memphis Grizzlies

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul acknowledges a fan during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 15, 2016

Los Angeles Clippers small forward Lance Stephenson was reportedly traded to the Memphis Grizzlies just before the NBA trade deadline.

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Stephenson Dealt to Grizzlies in Trade Involving Jeff Green

Thursday, Feb. 18

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register first reported the Stephenson trade. Zach Lowe of ESPN reported Jeff Green is headed to the Clippers, and Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Grizzlies will receive a first-round draft pick as part of the deal.

Stephenson Linked to Magic in Frye Trade Talks

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Tuesday that Stephenson had been mentioned in talks with the Orlando Magic for forward Channing Frye. 

Stephenson, Blake Griffin Reportedly Offered for 4 Nuggets Players

Monday, Feb. 15

ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reported (via Basketball Insiders' Tommy Beer) that L.A. offered up Stephenson and Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin in a trade with the Denver Nuggets for Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic.

Streaky Stephenson Was Tempting Trade Chip for Clippers

Stephenson is averaging only 15.8 minutes per contest this season but has performed well when called upon, averaging 4.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

He is obviously one of the smaller parts of this reported deal ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline and has had trouble carving out a consistent role in L.A. Others on the Clippers' perimeter rotation, such as Wesley Johnson and Austin Rivers, have played over him this season, though Rivers is currently nursing a broken hand.

There's also the baggage of a mercurial personality that comes with Stephenson, which was on display in L.A.'s most recent contest, per Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix:

Although he is only 25 years old, Stephenson has declined significantly in recent years since a 2013-14 season with the Indiana Pacers in which he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

 

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