HoopsHype Lance Stephenson rumors

November 8, 2013 Updates

In October, Bird declined to discuss the summer free agency and the futures of Stephenson and Granger. Stephenson said that although he and Bird have not talked directly about the future, the president has shared encouraging signs with the player. "(Bird) basically says it when he sees me, so I don't think we need to talk about it," Stephenson said, then revealed Bird's message to him: " 'You're next.' He'll say stuff like that." USA Today Sports

November 7, 2013 Updates

Although the Pacers have roughly $60 million in salary committed for the 2014-15 season —including two huge contracts belonging to Paul George and Roy Hibbert — when Stephenson hits the open market, Indiana can theoretically offer him a max five-year deal 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.” Indianapolis Star

November 5, 2013 Updates

For him to stay with the Pacers, it seems Stephenson's self-proclaimed “daddy,” Larry Bird, will have to sacrifice someone or something to bring back his prized draft pick of 2010. But it also seems both parties are willing to make compromises. Their marriage is too fresh and too adoring for it not to continue beyond four years. “I don't think about that,” Stephenson said after matching his regular season career high with 22 points while hitting a career-high five three-pointers in seven attempts. “It's a long season, I'm not thinking nothing about contracts. I'm going to stay with the Pacers, so I'm not even thinking about the contract.” NBA.com

Going to stay? Does that mean he would turn down a larger offer to re-sign? “I'm staying with the Pacers,” he said. NBA.com

November 4, 2013 Updates

“It's a long season, I'm not thinking nothing about contracts. I'm going to stay with the Pacers, so I'm not even thinking about the contract.” Going to stay? Does that mean he would turn down a larger offer to re-sign? “I'm staying with the Pacers,” he said. NBA.com

October 23, 2013 Updates
October 1, 2013 Updates

Stephenson had obviously heard that message before, but Bird saying it in front of the hundreds gathered and thousands more online must’ve felt even better for the 23-year-old. He said that he’s made his desires clear to Bird, whom he greatly respects and looks up to. “I would love to stay here in Indiana,” Stephenson said. “No (doubt) about that. “It was a blessing and I'm happy he said that, but I still have got to work hard. Nothing's guaranteed. I'm going to keep working hard, [to] get ready for the season.” NBA.com

September 28, 2013 Updates
September 5, 2013 Updates

But after 8.8 points per game during the regular season and 9.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the playoffs, Stephenson faces the possibility of heading back to the bench and to a sixth man role on the Pacers this season if Granger returns to full strength, something he said he’s fine with. “I’m good no matter what happens,” Stephenson said. “If he starts or I start, whatever helps the team win, that’s what I’m down with.” New York Post

August 9, 2013 Updates
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July 30, 2013 Updates

Despite having an outstanding season, there’s been a lot of speculation you may go back to coming off the bench this season, especially if Danny Granger is healthy and ready. Would you be OK with that? Lance Stephenson: I’m just coming in to play hard. Whatever coach (Frank Vogel) decides to do, I think it’s a great decision. Me coming off the bench, Danny coming off the bench, either way, we’re deep. Whatever helps the team, that’s what I want to do. Indianapolis Star

July 24, 2013 Updates
June 30, 2013 Updates

After the first two seasons, did you feel at any point people were giving up on you? Lance Stephenson: I feel like it humbled me that I had to prove my point that I can play in this league. That made me a better player, a smart player so I can learn as much as possible. Did you doubt yourself? Lance Stephenson: No. I always knew how to play. I needed the oportunity to show everybody I can do it HoopsHype

Brian Shaw left Indiana to coach the Nuggets. How was your relationship with him? Lance Stephenson: I think he's a great coach because he made me a better player. He made me play to the best of my abilities. He made me play hard, he showed me how to play the game with his experience of the basketball game. Do you think he was the person in the Pacers' organization that helped you the most? Lance Stephenson: Yeah, he was the biggest influence on me this whole season. He was a smart coach. He told me how to play. HoopsHype

June 24, 2013 Updates
June 23, 2013 Updates

Lance Stephenson is back in his hometown this weekend for a special honor. The 22-year-old had his No. 1 jersey retired at Lincoln High School in New York Saturday evening before the school’s alumni game. A replica now hangs in the rafters (as seen above) next to Sebastian Telfair’s No. 31. Stephenson won the city basketball championship in each of his four years at Lincoln and concluded his high school career as New York’s all-time leading scorer (2,946 points). In 2009, he was named New York’s Mr. Basketball and finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals in the McDonald’s All-American game. Pacers.com

June 20, 2013 Updates

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