The Indiana Pacers have been looking to re-sign Lance Stephenson all offseason long, but he is beginning to receive interest from three or four other teams around the league. There is legitimate concern inside the Pacers’ organization and fan base that the team could end up losing Stephenson, but they aren’t ready to give up yet.
Larry Bird has made it clear that he does want Stephenson back, and that feeling has been made mutual by some of Stephenson’s comments since the season ended.
Stephenson had a career season in every category, and ended up averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He led the NBA in triple-doubles with five, and was the best playmaker for a very good Pacers team.
That being said, he did have some negatives as far as his attitude was concerned at the end of the season that took away from those great numbers.
During the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, Stephenson allowed himself to get carried away in his rivalry with LeBron James. He ended up being in the media early and often by blowing James’ ear and also lightly slapping James’ face.
Those types of things simply aren’t acceptable for an NBA player, and it has severely hurt his value on the open market.
All of that being said, there is only one question left that needs to be answered. Where should Lance Stephenson sign this offseason?