HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

July 8, 2014 Updates

They've tried, offering the full mid-level exception to players who have since, or will soon, take much more. And they've even tried to entice some talents you wouldn't expect, such as Pacers' agitator Lance Stephenson. That report, from ESPN's Dan LeBatard, may have surprised some, considering that James, Wade, Bosh and the rest of the Heat became weary of what Ray Allen labeled "buffoonery" during the recent Eastern Conference finals. But it shouldn't, if you know how strongly James feels about simply adding talent that can assist his championship aspirations, even if it comes with some attitude. Bleacher Report

What hasn’t changed is that the Celts are still looking for ways to swing a major trade that will get them back into the playoff picture sooner than their current track would suggest. (And, no, according to a source connected with the marketplace, they have not contacted free agent Lance Stephenson or his representative.) Boston Herald

July 7, 2014 Updates

Stephenson doesn’t necessarily have a strict position, but is more suited for the title of playmaker. And this label fits him well. A very overlooked trait and skill set in the NBA is the ability to make plays for teammates and create advantageous scoring opportunities. Lance does just this. In pick-and-roll situations (22.8 percent of Lance’s offensive touches), he is converting at a 0.84 points per possession rate ranking him in the top 70 percent of the league and ahead of the likes of Manu Ginobili. HoopsHype

But Stephenson has also recently emerged as a target of the Mavericks. A month ago, or even a few weeks ago, Stephenson was not on Dallas' radar but over the past few days the Mavericks have registered their interest, according to sources. ESPN.com

July 4, 2014 Updates
July 3, 2014 Updates

Lance Stephenson is no longer under contract with the Indiana Pacers, but he’s still using team facilities. The free agent posted an Instagram video Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse working out with friend Sean Kilpatrick, a 6-4 shooting guard also out of the University of Cincinnati. Though Stephenson is getting shots up at the Pacers’ practice court, note that he isn’t wearing team gear — but rather AND-1 shorts. Vigilant Sports

July 2, 2014 Updates

The Indiana Pacers have offered free agent Lance Stephenson a five-year, $44 million deal, a source confirmed to The Star. As first reported by ESPN, Stephenson and the Pacers have come to a stalemate and Stephenson will continue to speak with other interested teams. Indianapolis Star

Sean Deveney: Lance Stephenson is right, there are better offers out there. But other teams worried abt giving him big $ w/out Indy's structure in place Twitter @SeanDeveney

Despite the Indiana Pacers' heartfelt movie tribute and presentation to Lance Stephenson, the two sides are currently at an impasse over a new deal, according to sources close to the situation. ESPN.com

The Pacers offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Stephenson, but sources said the versatile shooting guard believes he's worth much more. Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season -- all career-highs for the four-year player. "Lance and his representatives aren't sure they're going to be able to reach an agreement with the Pacers," a source said. "It's clear they want him back and he wanted to go back, but they may not be able to come to terms." ESPN.com

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