NBA rumors: Lance Stephenson to New Orleans?

Brett Dawson: Free agent Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans, league source says.

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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.
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 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 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.
Scott Agness: Memphis had until Wednesday to make a decision. Lance/DWest/Roy now all free agents.
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."
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