HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

July 16, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets are open to the prospect of signing Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson, the Observer learned Tuesday evening. Having lost restricted free agent Gordon Hayward when the Utah Jazz matched an offer sheet, plus Josh McRoberts to the Miami Heat, Hornets management had contact with Stephenson’s representatives Tuesday, multiple NBA sources confirmed. Stephenson is one of the last big-name free agents yet to sign, and the Hornets could use his scoring and shooting ability on the wing. Charlotte Observer

July 15, 2014 Updates

Having lost restricted free agent Gordon Hayward when the Utah Jazz matched an offer sheet, plus Josh McRoberts to the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets are now open to the prospect of signing Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson, the Observer learned Tuesday evening. Charlotte Observer

Hornets management had contact with Stephenson’s representatives Tuesday, multiple NBA sources confirmed. Stephenson is one of the last name free agents in this class yet to sign, and the Hornets could use his scoring and shooting ability at the wings. Charlotte Observer

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Even George isn't sure what Stephenson, his 2010 draft classmate, will do. "I've talked to him a few times, and I know how stress stressful it can be. I don't want to put any more on him. Once again, we've got our plates full (with chasing a title) but we like our chances," George said. Associated Press

For weeks, the Pacers have been speaking to Stephenson with a unified voice: They want him back to take one more shot at an NBA championship, something that seems much more plausible now that LeBron James' departure has broken up the Big Three Era in Miami. "It's all on Lance's plate," George said as he took a break from the basketball pro camp he headlined in suburban Indianapolis. "I didn't have to deal with this because I was a restricted free agent. It's really up to Lance, but I will say I do want him to come back." ESPN.com

Several teams mentioned in connection with Stephenson, including Boston, Chicago and the Lakers, have not been serious in their pursuit, the source said, while others could register late interest. Sporting News

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