HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

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

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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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George also clarified confusion over his infamous “I don’t know” answer when asked after the Game 6 loss to Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals if he’d like to see Lance Stephenson return as a free agent. “I think that was taken way out of context,” George said. “Obviously, me and Lance have been here four years together. I would love to continue to keep playing with Lance. When I said ‘I don’t know,’ I was speaking on what he’s going to do. I don’t know what he’s going to do, I don’t know what our front office is going to do and at the end of the day that’s my decision. I went through (contract talks), it was tough, but I would love to see No. 1 back here in a Pacers uniform.” 1070 The Fan

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But the chatter around Stephenson’s free agency is quiet, for two reasons: 1. He’s a difficult personality. Executives on some teams with the requisite cap room recoil in horror at the very mention of his name. Teams with minor burbling locker-room discontent are hesitant to toss in another volatile personality. Stephenson’s embarrassing antics in the Eastern Conference finals inflamed the perception of him as a rogue loon whose “personality” will nearly cancel out all the good he might do on the floor. Grantland

Sacramento: Multiple executives from other teams have mentioned the Kings as a potential landing spot if Rudy Gay opts out of his contract, but that doesn’t appear to be Gay’s plan. The Kings just spent a lottery pick on Ben McLemore, and Yahoo! has reported that they might have their eye on a bigger target — Kevin Love. Grantland

June 4, 2014 Updates

Sources say the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls are two teams to keep an eye on in the Stephenson sweepstakes. The Hornets could offer Stephenson a lucrative contract, with the franchise only on the books for $42.6 million, in an effort to upgrade at shooting guard over Gerald Henderson. SheridanHoops

One general manager whose team is under the salary cap believes Stephenson’s upside at 23 and talent will ultimately negate concerns over his maturity level. “He probably hurt himself at some level with his immaturity during the playoffs,” the general manager told SheridanHoops. “However, clearly his talent is evident so I expect a team to make him a fairly significant offer probably in the range of $8-10 million (per season) for three years. On talent alone, he probably gets $10-12 million (per season) for three or four years.” SheridanHoops

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