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Clippers close to trade for Channing Frye, but deal not finalized, according to report

Lance Stephenson could be sent to the Magic, and never play a minute in Orlando.

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The Los Angeles Clippers are nearing an agreement to acquire the Orlando Magic's Channing Fryeaccording to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the discussed deal, the Clippers would send Lance Stephenson, C.J. Wilcox and possibly a future second rounder to the Magic for Frye, Wojnarowski reported. The Clippers will make a decision on whether to accept the deal on Wednesday, but are also searching for other homes for Stephenson.

Frye, a 10-year veteran, is averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game for the Magic this season. The big man is shooting 39.7 percent from three-point range, just up from his 38.7 percent career average from deep. The Clippers will be Frye's fifth team. He would give the Clippers another bench player to stretch the court. Josh Smith was unable to fulfill that role and was traded on Jan. 22.

The Clippers aren't the only team interested in Frye. Sources told Wojnarowski that even the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in the veteran.

If Stephenson is involved in the trade, he would never play a game for the Magic, according to Wojnarowski. Instead, the Magic would waive the enigmatic player.

After playing his first four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets in the summer of 2014. He failed to live up to expectations in Charlotte, however, averaging just 8.5 points in 25 minutes per game and was traded to the Clippers after only one season. He didn't find a niche with the Clippers, either. He averaged 4.7 points in 15.8 minutes per game.

The Magic have been busy at the trade deadline. They sent Tobias Harris to the Detroit Pistons for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova earlier Tuesday.

We will keep you updated on the Clippers final decision in relation to Frye.