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Agent for Lance Stephenson: ‘We’re in no rush’ to get a deal done

Jul 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Lance Stephenson appeared to be an obvious choice for the Pacers as someone the team would want to re-sign, considering the fact that they’re maxed out from a salary cap perspective and can’t just go out and replace Stephenson with comparable talent available on the open market.

But the available dollars for Stephenson have only dwindled since the initial offer of 5 years, $44 million was rejected, and now the Pacers would need to trim salary just to up their offer, even by the smallest of margins.

There’s no panic in Stephenson’s camp, however, at least not yet. His agent believes the process has gone as expected, and is preaching patience as the scenario continues to play itself out.

From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

Besides the discussions with the Pacers, Stephenson, 23, must wait until the big sharks of free agency open the waters for everyone else. …

“If we’re talking about a deal with the Pacers, I don’t know if any of the dominoes have to fall,” Stephenson’s agent Alberto Ebanks predicted before the start of free agency. “(But) if we were talking about some of the other teams, I would think that those teams are looking to explore the very, very top tier LeBron James and company … so I would think that yes.” …

“We’re in a rush to get a really good deal done,” Ebanks has said, “and we’re in no rush to enter into something that’s short of being a good situation for him and the next team or the current team.”

The ancillary players who have agreed to deals in the early days of free agency have been overpaid, which in theory, is good news for Stephenson. In a world where Avery Bradley is going to get $8 million per year, the offer to Stephenson that falls short of $9 million a season feels (somewhat ironically) like a bit of a slap in the face.

It’s unclear if Indiana is willing to shed the salary necessary to up their offer to Stephenson. But once teams start missing out on the bigger names in free agency, it’s likely that one of them with cap space will come calling with a much larger offer to retain Stephenson’s services.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    2014 Latrell Sprewell

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I heard Stephenson likes to blow bubbles in his free time. Bad joke? Sorry, move along.

  3. therealhtj - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Considering he’ll likely get offers just as rich from contending teams in better markets once the top-tier shakes out, Lance has nothing to worry about. Getting out of Indy is just icing on the cake.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Name these contending teams.

      • therealhtj - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        All those teams rumored to be going after Lebron and Melo that have cap space – they’ll be writing offers to Lance once those two go elsewhere.

        Think Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, and Dallas are at least in the mix. Then there are all the other teams with cap space.

        Indy and Lance could both use a fresh start. Problem for Indy is they can’t replace him with anything close.

      • justtoldya - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Houston would rather use that money on parsons. Not saying he’s better then parsons, but since parsons is already a rocket and it’s debatable between the two.

      • therealhtj - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Parsons only has a cap hold of around 2.5 million until he’s signed. Houston will use their current cap space to sign a quality contributor and the use Parson’s bird rights to go over the cap to add a piece that can only help them go over the hump.

        Not saying it’s for sure Lance, but he’s certainly in the discussion. In any case, all signs point to him leaving Indy, and who can blame him? He knows Roy and PG’s relationship is forever poisoned and Indy CANNOT ever go over the tax. There’s no championship to be had there, Indy is hardly ideal for a kid from NYC, and the money will be comparable elsewhere.

        You Indy fans couldn’t wait to discount his contributions by the end of the conference finals, but now you’re intent on keeping him. So which is it?

  4. clevelandrox - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    if not for his antics and immaturity, teams (including the pacers) would be kicking in his door to sign him…

  5. ballin99999 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    What kinda deal would you give lance Stephenson? I think 8-9 mil/yr is a good value for him, but I can see a team giving him as much as 12 a year.

  6. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Lance’s goal is to get as much as possible. If it’s $12M,then he shouldn’t take $8M. Paying for his services is not his problem. That’s Indy’s problem if they want to keep him. A good GM will try to make Lance think it’s his problem, but that same GM will toss Lance in the street the second he can’t perform.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      “same GM will toss Lance in the street the second he can’t perform.” Sure, but at least (from the player’s standpoint) this isn’t the NFL…or even most regular jobs. He’ll still get paid and get chances to hang around with other teams if he has anything left.

  7. kamauthabiti - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    go for what you can Lance, but you need to turn it down (antics) and just play hard.

  8. jadaruler - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    @therealhtj I could see Dallas don’t know about the other 3. Carlisle is Bird’s buddy, so I could see him wanting Lance. It would give Dallas a 3 man pg/SG rotation similar to the Spurs.

  9. dj3garrett - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    The deal that Jody Meeks received shook the entire market value up… If Meeks is getting 20 million for three years then Lance deserves no less than 10 mil a year…

  10. qdog112 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Charlotte is a nice landing spot on an up and rising team, with enough cap room to make it work. If Avery Bradley gets $8 million, a 23 year-old all star is worth 12-14 million.

  11. justtoldya - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Zack and Lowry could had been paid more if they waited. Obviously zack was giving his home team a discount, and raps were smart in signing Lowry ASAP. After the big time free agent get signed, i can see a few of the free agents getting overrpaid. Parson, lance, ariza likely be the culprits. Also if there are no PGs available, Houston might be able to dump Lin without using their first round pick. I see the most they give up is their own first round pick and not two.

  12. metalhead65 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    just because he wants more than 10 million a year does not mean he will get it. while he has been a good player for the pacers he and the rest of the team choked the last 2 years when facing the big time in the heat. all his antics did was show how far he has to go before he can back them up. he is still young and hopefully will improve if he signs with the Pacers but they should not pay him what he wants on the hope he will. if he does not like what he is offered he is always welcome to try and get a job in the real world, something tells me he will accept a 1 or 2 year deal if faced with that choice however.

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