NBA Free Agency: Where Should Lance Stephenson Sign?

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May 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) drives to the basket as Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) defends in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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?

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson Los Angeles Lakers NBA Free Agency

  • Thomas Lucas

    Go ahead Lakers…pull the trigger and bring in Lance Stephenson

    • Nate Kenny

      Too bad they don’t have the money

      • Lucas

        They do if they stretch provision nashes contract

        • Nate Kenny

          Yeah but the Bulls, Hornets, and Pacers are all a lot more likely to sign him. It would take a lot of money and promises for him to come to LA ahead of any of those other teams.

          • Lucas

            Yea I agree, Lakers are looking forward to having cap space in next year’s free agency and are not looking to commit future cap space so it is unlikely Lakers spend into the next year’s cap space so the Lakers are more than likely not going offer him anything enless it’s a one year deal and Lance Stephenson probably is looking for a long term deal.

  • Jimmy swandick

    Kobe and lance? Not a chance

    • silksoul

      That would actually work. Lance is a defensive nightmare and Lakers need that. Plus, he has that type of hunger that Kobe craves out of people, there’s no slouch in Lance. Only problem is Lance can be a loose cannon at times. I’d take him over Swaggy P any day.

  • Ian

    I wish one of these empty, utterly devoid of content articles would actually give a real view into who has money left for Lance. As far as I can tell, with the Lakers taking on Lin, resigning Hill and Young, they don’t have space. Houston and Dallas are now capped out, as is Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and nearly everyone else.

    The Hornets have signed Williams and Roberts. I believe they still have ~10M in cap space but seems unlikely they’d want to clog it with Lance since they’ve expressed little interest so far.

    • Jackson Sanders

      Lakers are definitely capped out after Lin at 8 mil cap hit, swaggy at 5, Jordan hill at 9, Julius Randle with a little above 2.

      Feel like Pacers are his destination for sure.

      • Lucas

        The Lakers have about 7 million they can offer him because they haven’t signed Jordan Hills contract yet

  • Lucas

    There still is a possibility for the Lakers to sign Lance Stephenson if he would be willing to take 9 million a year after Lakers stretch provision nashes contract