A new NBA champion will be crowned this week, but many teams are already prepping for the 2015-2016 season. The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly interested in making a deal with the NBA Draft looming.
The latest rumors involves the Clippers sending Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes to the Charlotte Hornets for swingman Lance Stephenson, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and ESPN. Stephenson has one year remaining on his contract, with a team option of $9.4 million in the 2016-2017 season. In 61 games, the 24-year-old averaged 8.2 points per game off 37.6-percent shooting. Stephenson only started 25 games in 2014-2015.
In December, Wojnarowski claimed that the Clippers were interested in making trade-deadline deals. Stephenson, who had previously played four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, was considered a top trade candidate before the February deadline.
At age 35, Barnes is considered a veteran role player. Yet, he averaged roughly 30 minutes and 10 points per game, and often played intense defense. Hawes, a 27-year-old center, averaged just 5.8 points per game, and has a career scoring average of 9.8.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Clippers were willing to make moves to add draft picks. The Clippers are looking to add some youth to their roster with their veteran backcourt of Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick all over 30 years old.
The Clippers don't have a first or second round draft pick this year.