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Lance Stephenson wants to remain with Pacers, agent says

Jun 3, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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You know what Lance Stephenson really wants this summer? To get paid. He is going to go to the team that offers him the most money. Now, if a couple teams are close on money then team quality, lifestyle, state taxes, weather and all the rest of it come into play, but it’s about the money. It’s always about the money.

Stephenson is an unrestricted free agent. Pacers’ president Larry Bird said he wants to bring his young swingman back, but the question ultimately becomes about cost — how much would you pay Stephenson? Will some GM come in over the top and really invest in Stephenson, betting on him and his game maturing.

All things being equal, Stephenson would love to return to the Pacers, his agent told

One day after Larry Bird said he wants Lance Stephenson back with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson’s agent told the two sides hope “to get a deal done.”

“They are a quality organization from the top down,” Alberto Ebanks told of the Pacers. “We are going to try to get a deal done. The communication has been there for the last four years with the Pacers and it has been beneficial for the Pacers and for Lance. I hope we can come to terms.”

The Pacers are already over the salary cap before they re-sign Lance Stephenson and they are not going tint the luxury tax. Which means they either need to re-sign Stephenson or find his replacement for the mid-level exception. Or get incredibly creative with a trade. The Pacers need more shot creation and Lance provides that, if inconsistently and with some antics.

Right now everything is just puppy dogs and rainbows as the Pacers and Stephenson’s representatives and the Pacers. Of course it is, there is no money on the table. We’ll see how the relationship is com July 7 or so.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Lance Stephenson wants to lose to the Heat again, agent says

    • bball242322 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Nope. Pacers beat em next year

  2. yesser12 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Probably get Jr. Smith type money. Whether he deserves it or not, look at the contracts for guys like Eric Gordon and Josh Smith. Teams get desperate even if they know the player is crazy or streaky.

    • bigbenh8tr - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Nothing wrong with being compared to the youngest player in nba history to make 1,000 blocks (Josh Smith)

  3. azarkhan - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    So Bird tells him to cut out the juvenile antics and Stephenson does even worse in game 6. How can Bird resign him and retain his credibility with the Pacers?

    • jkirby317 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      What was LB supposed to say, “I told ’em to do it!”? Lance will be back. Larry LOVES Lance.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Larry Legend doesn’t like a punk like Lance. Maybe he’d be popular in NY.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        just follow neckcar, jimbo.

    • bball242322 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      azarkhan..huh? this has nothing to with credibility – Larry wants to win. Players get caught up in the moment. Thats like a father telling his young son to quit toying with his sister, and the boy doesn’t listen. Does the father lose credibility after that…? com’on man, this is about winning for Larry the Legend, and resigning Lance gives the Pacers the best shot at returning to the ECF for 3 years in a row
      This has nothing to do with Larry’s “credibility” – stupid comment

    • moppop - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      When Lance was your only spark, you keep him and tolerate his antics.

  4. ravenswhat - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    There’s no way he comes back. Someone will overpay. Plus, his teammates didn’t seem too psyched to get him back.

  5. leahcima1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    As a Heat fan I hope he comes back to the Pacers. His presence gives us an advantage.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      us? Which guy on the bench are you? Are you Justin Hamilton?

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Did you clean up the pea from your exploded brain, yet?

    • bball242322 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      As a Pacer fan, I hope he resigns, bc that gives the Pacers the advantage with all the youth on their team to continue to develop and eventually beat the aging Heat

  6. jj871 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Pacer fans better be careful what they wish for …. Outside of D West, Lance was the only guy who really seemed to go all in vs the heat. Say what you want about his antics, but you can’t knock how hard he plays, every, game.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      You forgot Paul George when it comes to going all out. PG is the best Pacer on the roster. Every team in the league would take Paul George. He is a future SUPERSTAR!

    • bball242322 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      PG by far is the Pacers best player no doubt – He is the future of the franchise. I didn’t realize so many of you were confused and didn’t realize that

  7. klownboy - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Crazy Lance should remain with the Pacers. He had the most heart of any of the Pacers combined (outside of David West).

  8. ddogdaddy - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    It is very simple. Lance is the guy everyone hates unless he is on your team. Right now he is on my team and I would like to keep it that way.

  9. campcouch - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Bird said that you don’t let talent like that walk away. I’m not sure if it’s worth aggravating an entire team and coach though.

  10. iwearshoesinhentucky - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Hopefully at a significant reduction in his current contract.

  11. kamauthabiti - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Lance is on a seriously different page than the rest of his team, he has to realize that he cannot just play against his and the other team too. he takes too many of his teammates out of their best games by working on the spectacular.

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