Shams Charania: Lance Stephenson has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo.
Darren Wolfson: Among many FAs the #Twolves have registered some level of interest: Tolliver, Nick Young, Lance Stephenson, Dante Cunningham, Amir Johnson, Trevor Booker, Jabari Bird, Ennis.
Scott Agness: Kevin Pritchard on not picking up the team option on Lance Stephenson’s contract: "This was a very difficult decision, but as free agency begins on July 1, we want to have flexibility so that we can prepare for all of our available options."
Scott Agness: Lance Stephenson on Instagram: “Since a young’n I always believe in myself. Ready for all challenges, always held my head up and ready for all things GOD put me through. MAN I LOVE THIS GAME"
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: With Indiana declining team option on Lance Stephenson, Tyreke Evans and Will Barton are expected to be two of its free-agent targets.
Shams Charania: The Indiana Pacers are declining Lance Stephenson’s $4.3M team option and he’ll be a free agent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Scott Agness: Thad Young has two weeks to decide on his Player Option. Stay with the team for one more year (at $13.7M), sign a new deal, or go elsewhere. Also by June 29th: Team Options due on Lance Stephenson, Joe Young. And Bojan Bogdanovic’s contract becomes guaranteed if not waived.
Bird, along with general manager Kevin Pritchard, always listened to Stephenson and his agents. Bird showed his faith in Stephenson once a roster spot became available, signing him Thursday to a three-year, $12 million deal. “A big part of this is Larry,” said Mark Bartelstein, one of Stephenson’s two agents. “They did a great job of staying connected and letting us know their interest. You always want to go where you’re wanted and I think Larry and Kevin were so consistent in telling us that (and) it led us to today.”
“Larry and Kevin are genuine guys and they believe in relationships,” Bartelstein said. “I think Larry, being a player in this league, knew what Lance was looking for at that time and I think there was always respect. When Larry believes in you, he’s always going to be a fan and he doesn’t hold grudges.”
“If Lance had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t have left the Pacers,” Bartelstein said. “You don’t often get a second chance and Lance knows that and is really appreciative and grateful for that.”
Stephenson, according to the league source, is thrilled to have a second chance to play for the Pacers. Stephenson spent Wednesday talking with several people in the organization to express his excitement and prepare of the most critical stretch of the team’s season.
“Everyone will have open arms,” Monta Ellis said of Stephenson. “We need him. Whatever he brings to the table, we’re going to need that. We just have to continue to play hard and we’ve got to play together. When we share the ball, move the ball, play together, everything flows right. We just have to do the things we’re supposed to do.”
Nate Taylor: Nate McMillan said he had the upmost respect for Rodney Stuckey. McMillan wouldn't discuss Lance Stephenson since a deal isn't finalized.
The Indiana Pacers agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with Lance Stephenson after waiving injured guard Rodney Stuckey, league sources told The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Pacers are working on a deal to bring back Lance Stephenson, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adam Zagoria: The Pacers have signed Lance Stephenson for 3 years, third with a Player Option, source tells ZAGSBLOG. pic.twitter.com/1ypSEgm5Se
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Minnesota Timberwolves will allow second 10-day contract of Lance Stephenson to expire and he'll become a free agent.
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves to sign wing Lance Stephenson to a second 10-day contract on Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN.
Lance Stephenson’s ankle is getting close to being healed, which means a decision is looming for the Wolves. Stephenson, signed to a 10-day contract Feb. 8, played in four games before the injury against Cleveland Feb. 14. He has been rehabbing ever since. The Wolves can sign him to another 10-day contract or for the season once he’s healthy, if they so choose. Thibodeau said such a decision would come in the next day or two.
Newly signed Wolves guard Lance Stephenson has a Grade 2 ankle sprain sustained Wednesday night against Cleveland, an injury that complicates the future here for a guy whose 10-day contract will expire after tonight's game in Denver. "I don't know, we'll have to see how responds," Wolves coach and POBO Tom Thibodeau said pre-game tonight. "I like the things he did when he was here."
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said pregame @Lance Stephenson's sprained ankle is a grade 2, uncertain how it'll affect re-signing him, likes what he has added
Shams Charania: Lance Stephenson is signing a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell The Vertical.
Aside from an impressive showing by Farmar on Wednesday, there was a practical side to Cleveland's interest. According to a source, Farmar is open to signing a 10-day contract -- as is Lance Stephenson -- while a league source told ESPN that both Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich would agree to join the team only if the Cavs tendered a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season.
Jordan Farmar impressed the Cavs during their free-agent tryout for point guards Wednesday, a source said, and the 30-year-old former Laker may be under consideration for a contract. The Cavs brought in Farmar, Mario Chalmers, and Kirk Hinrich for a workout, with the idea of potentially signing one as the veteran backup to Kyrie Irving the franchise has looked for all season. Also attending was Lance Stephenson, a wing player.
As of last night, a source said the Cavs weren't sure if they would sign one of the four players immediately or by March 1, the deadline for free agents to eligible for the playoffs. But the Cavs have had an open roster spot for more than three weeks, and as of now only have 11 healthy bodies. Any of the four could be the choice, but it appears Farmar acquitted himself well.
LeBron James says he supports the Cleveland Cavaliers' creative solution to the dearth of playmakers on their roster by holding a midseason free-agent minicamp Wednesday, but he did not favor one candidate over another. Cleveland will welcome free-agent guards Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar, as well as forward Lance Stephenson, for a workout Wednesday afternoon.
Stephenson was an instigator on those Indiana Pacers teams that the Heat faced in the playoffs for three consecutive postseasons, from 2012 to 2014, and he gained notoriety for his antics to try to get under James' skin, including blowing in the superstar's ear during game play. Stephenson averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3 rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans in six games this season before needing groin surgery, causing the Pelicans to cut him in November because of roster constraints. Would James have a problem teaming up with his former foe? "I just want to win, man," James said. "That's all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody."
After a 7-8 underwhelming January record, reinforcements could be on the way for LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Veteran point guards Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich, along with wing Lance Stephenson are scheduled to work out for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in hopes of inking a deal, league sources informed ESPN.
There are a few other free agent prospects that are expected to attend the session as well, sources say. Depending on how well the participants perform, sources with knowledge of the Cavaliers' thinking believe one of them could be signed prior to the All-Star break. The workout session is being assembled as a precursor to potentially addressing the organizations' lack of playmaking and spot point guard needs.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Free agent Lance Stephenson ahead of schedule in recovery from groin tear. Barring setback, could be ready for return mid-Jan.
Lance Stephenson was a “model citizen” in his time with the Pelicans, team sources say. As covered Monday when they waived the injured Stephenson to make room to sign Archie Goodwin, team officials didn’t want to release him but felt they had no alternative with only 11 healthy players and no clear path to a hardship waiver to add a 16th player because Jrue Holiday was out for personal reasons as opposed to an outright injury.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived guard Lance Stephenson. Stephenson, 6-5, 230, was originally signed by New Orleans on Sept. 14. In six games this season, Stephenson has averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 27.0 minutes per game.
Marc Stein: Since Jrue Holiday is away from the team for personal reasons, not outright injury, New Orleans' case for a hardship waiver is not automatic
Matt Barnes: So my man Lance Stephenson busts his ass for the Pelicans, gets hurt, requires surgery & what does he get for his hard work??? WAIVED SMFH Something fans have to understand is y'all get mad when players leave during free agency or hold out for money.. We have to do what's best for US, we have a small window to make as much money as we can.. Remember this is a BUSINESS when you can no longer serve your purpose these teams cut you trade you or bury you on the bench! Case in point, Lance gets hurt playing & needs surgery now, so instead of supporting him & helping him get healthy they cut him! #Bullshit #HoldYaHeadLilBro
Lance Stephenson, 26, will undergo surgery for a groin injury and is expected to be sidelined six-to-10 weeks, sources said. He joined the Pelicans on a partially guaranteed contract for training camp and played well as a reserve guard this season.
Shams Charania: Pelicans plan to waive Lance Stephenson to create roster space for Goodwin, league sources tell The Vertical.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agent guard Lance Stephenson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shams Charania: Free agent Lance Stephenson has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league source tells The Vertical.
Free-agent swingman Lance Stephenson still is without an NBA home, and though New Orleans' roster is stocked, the Pelicans on Monday took a look. A league source said the Pelicans held a workout Monday for Stephenson, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound 25-year-old who played 43 games for the Los Angeles Clippers and 26 for the Memphis Grizzles last season.
Brett Dawson: Free agent Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans, league source says.
One free agent who may have to head overseas is Lance Stephenson, whose option was not picked up by Memphis. It’s uncertain why the Grizzlies passed on Stephenson, who averaged 14.2 points and shot 47.4 percent from the field in 26 games after he was acquired from the Clippers. Stephenson has enough talent to help a contender, but the question is whether his quirky personality has scared off teams. Also still remaining on the free agent market: Josh Smith, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin, Ty Lawson, Shane Larkin, J.J. Hickson, Cleanthony Early, and Jason Thompson.
Brandon Rogers: Chances of us signing Lance Stephenson? A potential headache but probably would be much cheaper and is clearly better than Dion Waiters. - Nets Daily: I've heard of no interest by Nets ... or any other team.
Austin: Have you heard any rumors lately involving Lance Stephenson and the Pacers? - Steve Kyler: I know Lance had interest in going back... not sure where the Pacers are on it.
Lance Stephenson is open to returning to the Indiana Pacers, to the team that took a chance on him in 2010 and where he spent his first four seasons as a pro. “If (given) a chance I would love to come back home,” Stephenson told VigilantSports.com Monday. “We will see what happens. I’m just waiting for the call,”
There are currently “a solid group of teams” that have shown interest in him four days into NBA free agency. The biggest thing Lance needs — and he knows this — is stability. After four seasons in Indy, in an environment that fit him well, Stephenson has suited up for three teams over the last two seasons. “Our number one priority is finding the right fit for him. Lance still has close friends there and would absolutely be open to that. He loved his time there and has always been grateful for all the support he has gotten from Pacers fans over the years,” his agent, Al Ebanks, wrote to VigilantSports.com in a text message.
As Larry Bird continues to revamp the Indiana Pacers’ roster this offseason, his next move could be the return of a player who previously flourished under his watch: Lance Stephenson. Stephenson has discussed the possibility of agreeing to a multiyear deal with the Pacers, a league source confirmed to IndyStar. Stephenson, a combo guard who became an unrestricted free agent last week after Memphis declined his team option, is open to returning to the Pacers next season.
Pacers fans, in particular on Twitter, have let Stephenson know they want him to return. Stephenson has noticed some of the fans’ requests. On his Twitter account as of Monday afternoon, the last four tweets Stephenson liked, which can be viewed by any user, were of Pacers fans asking him to come back to the team. “He would definitely love to be there,” the source said of Stephenson. “I know Indy’s got a special place in his heart.”
Indiana is one of the few teams that Stephenson is considering after the first three days of the NBA’s free agency period. He also has interest in possibly re-signing with the Grizzlies, who acquired him in February before the trade deadline.
Nate Taylor: I’ll have a story up shortly @indystar, but yes, Lance Stephenson is open to returning to the #Pacers, per league source.
The Memphis Grizzlies are declining guard Lance Stephenson's $9.4 million team option for next season, league sources told The Vertical. The Grizzlies declined the option in order to keep as much cap space as possible, sources said, as they hope to retain point guard Mike Conley, who is an unrestricted free agent after nine seasons with the Grizzlies.
Stephenson, 25, will aso become an unrestricted free agent. There remains interest in a possible return to the Grizzlies as well as interest from other organizations, sources said. Stephenson showed with Memphis that he can have an impact as a playmaker and source of energy.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Memphis has declined Lance Stephenson's $9.4M team option. He'll be free agent. Interest for return, interest elsewhere.
Ronald Tillery: Griz coach Dave Joerger says he absolutely wants to coach Lance Stephenson again "He's had a lot of success here and the guys accepted him."
June 24, 2021 | 1:41 am EDT Update
Atlanta defeated Milwaukee 116-113 on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Clint Capela’s putback after a Trae Young miss gave the Hawks a 112-111 lead with 29.8 seconds left in the game. Young’s four free throws in the final 17.3 second secured the victory. Atlanta erased a seven-point deficit in the final four minutes. As they proved against Philadelphia in the conference semifinals, the Hawks just keep playing regardless of score. “Well, again, we’ve been in this position many times,” Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan said. “Seven-point game is really a three-possession game. We felt that we know what we need to do. We need to get stops and we need to execute and score. They did another solid job of executing down the stretch, again, finding that matchup.
Young was 17-for-34 from the field even though he was just 4-of-13 on 3-pointers. “What I respect about Trae, he’s going to always stay aggressive,” McMillan said. “He continued to stay aggressive and take his shots, and tonight those shots were falling for him. I thought he did a good job of, again, reading the defense and getting the ball and putting the ball in the hands of guys who had their matchups.”
CBS Sports: Players 22 years old or younger to score 40+ points in a Conference Finals game: – LeBron James – Kobe Bryant – Kevin Durant – Amar’e Stoudemire – Trae Young. Good company to keep for the Atlanta Hawks superstar.
StatMuse: Most points in a Conference Finals game: 54 — Michael Jordan 50 — Dirk Nowitzki 49 — LeBron James 48 — LeBron James 48 — Dirk Nowitzki 48 — Trae Young Trae joins LeBron as the only 22-year-old on this list. pic.twitter.com/6MLQ2YEyyq
Tim Reynolds: 30 or more shots, in an East finals game, last 25 seasons: – Trae Young, 2021 – LeBron James, 2018 – LeBron James, 2015 – LeBron James, 2009 – LeBron James, 2007 – Antoine Walker, 2002 – Allen Iverson (four times), 2001 – Michael Jordan (three times), 1997
ESPN Stats & Info: Trae Young has his 3rd half this postseason with 25 points. That’s the most by any Hawks player over the last 25 postseason. The only other Hawks player to have 25 in a half of a postseason game over the last 25 seasons is Paul Millsap
He had 37 points through the first three quarters but it was one of his assists that really had fans in awe. OK, a number of his plays in this game have been jaw-dropping, but this one pass to Collins was just ridiculous. Young dove to the hoop and at first appeared to take a shot but it quickly became clear that it was actually a lob off the glass to John Collins, who threw down a powerful dunk.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was visibly frustrated with his teammates after the Bucks’ defense basically got embarrassed by Trae Young and his antics. The former DPOY had to wake his team up in a dead ball situation, suggesting his team should do a better job in closing out the Hawks’ shooters – especially the red-hot Young.