All I can figure about Lance Stephenson is that the Charlotte Hornets realize that Al Jefferson, as talented and as driven as he is, has only a few more good seasons. And they want to capitalize on that while they still can.
So they gambled when they agreed to terms with the talented Stephenson. They gambled that theirs is a roster of strong and good people.They gambled that rather than allowing Stephenson to drag them down, they'll lift him.
His antics during the NBA playoffs had nothing to do with being competitive. I hope nobody is gullible enough to believe that. His antics had to do with him losing control.
That Stephenson was almost unanimously criticized perhaps will wake him. If the criticism doesn't, perhaps his new teammates will. As good a man as head coach Steve Clifford is, he's tough. He doesn't coddle.
The Stephenson experiment, along with being expensive, will be interesting. Also interesting: the most suspect character in the locker room at the moment, rookie P.J. Hairston, not only will share a roster spot with Stephenson, but a position.
As long as they don't swap cars, perhaps everything will be fine.
This was a bold and gutsy move by the Hornets. It attests to their willingness to spend. It suggests they believe they're in position to go deep in the playoffs, and that Stephenson will help them get there.