HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

July 12, 2014 Updates

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

Add Lance Stephenson to the list of the Mavericks’ targets if the Houston Rockets exercise their right to match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet to Chandler Parsons. Stephenson, who was considered toxic by the Mavs due to his character issues a couple of months ago, is somewhere on the top tier with Trevor Ariza and Luol Deng, a source told ESPNDallas.com. There is not a consensus opinion among the Dallas decision-makers about the rankings of those three unrestricted free agents. ESPN.com

July 11, 2014 Updates
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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

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