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Green for Stephenson headlines NBA trades

For the third time in less than two years, forward Lance Stephenson has a new team.According to multiple reports, the Memphis Grizzlies obtained Stephenson and a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Jeff Green on Thursday.ES...

For the third time in less than two years, forward Lance Stephenson has a new team.
According to multiple reports, the Memphis Grizzlies obtained Stephenson and a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Jeff Green on Thursday.
ESPN initially reported the trade and it was confirmed by the Orange County Register.
Two years ago with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson was among the most improved players in the league when he finished second for the award and led the league with five triple-doubles as the Pacers reached the Eastern Conference finals.
Stephenson reportedly rejected a five-year, $44 million contract from the Pacers and wound up getting a three-year, $27 million deal from the Charlotte Hornets before the 2014-15 season. Stephenson hit a buzzer beating 3-pointer in his first few weeks with the team but was traded to the Clippers on June 15.
Stephenson becomes the second frontcourt reserve to join the Grizzlies via trade this week after they lost center Marc Gasol to a right foot injury last week. On Monday, Memphis obtained Chris Andersen in a three-team trade from the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat made a pair of minor cost-reducing trades on Thursday, trading rookie forward-center Jarnell Stokes to the New Orleans Pelicans for a conditional second-round draft pick and cash and dealing guard Brian Roberts to the Portland Trail Blazers for a second-round draft choice, according to reports.
By trading Stokes and Roberts, the Heat are now under the luxury tax line and have saved $6 million dollars according to Yahoo.
The Phoenix Suns traded forward Markieff Morris to the Washington Wizards for a future first-round pick along with reserve forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair on Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports.
Morris has been rumored to be on the move for most of this season, with the speculation intensifying once the Suns began struggling in December.
He has been reportedly unhappy since last summer when the Suns dealt his twin brother, Marcus, to the Detroit Pistons.
In the last game before the All-Star break against the Golden State Warriors, Morris and teammate Archie Goodwin engaged in a shouting match and shoved each other during a timeout. Earlier this season, Morris was suspended for throwing a towel at former coach Jeff Hornacek in an incident widely played nationally.
The Atlanta Hawks reportedly obtained veteran guard Kirk Hinrich from the Chicago Bulls for a second-round pick on Thursday.
ESPN initially reported the deal, and it was confirmed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Hawks made the trade shortly after moving reserve point guard Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz.

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