Yahoo Sports were the first to report a trade Monday between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Charlotte Hornets involving Lance Stephenson, Spencer Hawes, and Matt Barnes:
The Clippers have acquired Lance Stephenson in a trade that sends Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes to Charlotte, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 16, 2015
Both teams have made a trade that has in turn affected the Miami Heat. Here's how:
In getting Stephenson, Heat fans no longer have to worry about Dwyane Wade bolting for L.A. to be with friend Chris Paul. Even though the possibility was highly unlikely to begin with, signing Stephenson effectively eliminated any chance of that happening.
Spencer Hawes is a power forward who can shoot the three and his skills will be used to space the floor for Al Jefferson. As for Matt Barnes, he will probably be bought out. Now the Hornets are in need of a shooter in the backcourt who can play with Kemba Walker as they were one of the most offensively-challenged NBA teams in the 2014-15 season.
Charlotte picks ninth right before Miami, so I expect them to take a look at Devin Booker, one of the best shooters in this NBA Draft. I've written about how Detroit could take Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick and now the Hornets could take Booker with the ninth pick. So two players that the Heat were interested could be gone.
If both of these players are gone, the Heat will probably be looking at the following options with the No. 10 selection:
SG/SF Mario Hezonja
PF/C Frank Kaminsky
SF Sam Dekker
C Myles Turner
SF Kelly Oubre