HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

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Larry Bird on Lance Stephenson: I don't know what's going to happen this summer. We want to keep him and he wants to be here. This is the best environment for him. We will make him a great offer, an offer that I think is very fair. If you look at our books, how does anyone know what's going to happen in the summer. How do they know we're not going to make trades or have more money or less money. We will try to sign Lance, but I don't worry about it. If Lance is not here, we'll get somebody else. NBA.com

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It seems almost mean to talk about next summer when the Pacers are the feel-good story of the league today, and Stephenson won't do it. "The future holds itself," he says. "I'm not worrying about my contract. I'm worrying about winning." But this is how franchises have to think. This Indiana core has a championship window now, but the league's beefed-up luxury tax will make it very hard for Indiana to keep its fearsome starting lineup together beyond this season — assuming the Pacers will avoid paying the tax at all costs. Grantland

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Although the Pacers have roughly $60 million in salary committed for the 2014-15 season —including huge contracts belonging to Paul George and Roy Hibbert — when Stephenson hits the open market, Indiana can theoretically offer him a deal up to five years while still avoiding the NBA luxury tax. "I wouldn't want to leave a good team like this. I definitely would love to come back," Stephenson said. "I just love the city. I love the team. I love who I play with and I feel like we're a young group and I think we should stick together." USA Today Sports

In the final year of his rookie contract, Stephenson will make $1,005,000 this season but could become an in-demand free agent by the summer. Still, he has made his preferred destination clear while keeping his faith in the Pacers front office. "The future holds itself," Stephenson said, "and I think Larry (Bird) and the people upstairs will do anything to keep me here." USA Today Sports

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Although the Pacers have roughly $60 million in salary committed for the 2014-15 season —including huge contracts belonging to Paul George and Roy Hibbert — when Stephenson hits the open market, Indiana can theoretically offer him a deal up to five years while still avoiding the NBA luxury tax. "I wouldn't want to leave a good team like this. I definitely would love to come back," Stephenson said. "I just love the city. I love the team. I love who I play with and I feel like we're a young group and I think we should stick together." USA Today Sports

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