by Jeff Lightsy Jr.
The Los Angeles Clippers have now traded for Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson. I believe that this move makes them a lot better. Is Stephenson a very controversial player? Yes. Does he have a personality that doesn’t blend well with others? Yes. But he has a combination of intensity and skill set that can help him thrive for the Clippers. Also Doc Rivers has a good history of managing personalities and keeping everyone on the same page.
This is the first of a few roster changes that should happen for the Clippers. After blowing a 3-1 series lead and losing to the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. When you blow a lead like that and continue to be one of the Western Conference favorites but always fall short not only of the NBA Finals, but of the Western Conference Finals something has to be done.
Lance Stephenson will bring an attitude that is filled with passion and heart. A inner “dog” that not to many players have in the NBA. The Clippers got a good player in this deal while also dumping the contract of Spencer Hawes who contributed little to nothing this past season.
Although his stats this past season were very disappointing, Lance Stephenson has All-Star caliber talent. He could be a key contributor to a Clippers team built to win a NBA title.