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Report: Heat inquired about adding Pacers’ Lance Stephenson

Jul 8, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT

Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis Reuters

The Heat finally made some additions to the roster on Monday in free agency, but the signings were somewhat underwhelming to those outside the Miami market.

A target that the Heat weren’t able to acquire but attempted to is likely to be of far more interest.

You may remember Lance Stephenson of the Pacers, who engaged in all kinds of non-basketball nonsense against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, which included blowing in the ear of LeBron James and, at one, point, smacking him in the face during a dead ball situation.

Those antics didn’t exactly endear Stephenson to the Miami fan base or the team’s players, but desperate times call for desperate measures — and apparently, the Heat reached out and made an inquiry to see about adding him to the roster.

From Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

And they’ve even tried to entice some talents you wouldn’t expect, such as Pacers’ agitator Lance Stephenson.

That report, from ESPN’s Dan LeBatard, may have surprised some, considering that James, Wade, Bosh and the rest of the Heat became weary of what Ray Allen labeled “buffoonery” during the recent Eastern Conference finals. But it shouldn’t, if you know how strongly James feels about simply adding talent that can assist his championship aspirations, even if it comes with some attitude.

Interestingly enough, the players the Heat did add — Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger — each have had dust-ups with the Heat in the past.

Stephenson is in no rush to get a deal done, even though the dollars are dwindling in Indiana and the Pacers may not have even their initial offer of five years and $44 million anymore that Stephenson already rejected. But he will have offers from other teams in that range or beyond once the bigger names begin to come off the market, and for that reason, Miami was never a real option, despite the team’s reported level of interest.

  1. jtbsteeler - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I keep telling you they make these stories up just to have new material or to put themselves out on a limb.. If this story doesn’t prove that then I don’t know what will.

    • purple4life2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Agreed.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      We really need to have a website that simply documents what ever says vs what truly happens. Give a rating to each “journalist” on how reliable they are vs. how much $hit they spew.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      steeler. Agree, anyone who knows even a little about basketball knew that lowery was going to get at least 10-12mil for his first big contract and Toronto needs to over pay to get and keep good players. Gortat was looking for his last big contract and as a good big man is somewhat of a bargin at 12mil. Even guys like Peirce want at least 9mil and unless the big 3 all took 3-4 mil. less they weren’t in play for these guys or guys like deng etc, None of guys like these are at the end of their careers and looking for a ring. Even ray allen was only offered 6mil from Boston in 2010. If the big 3 stay they need solid roll players and are only going to get guys in the min.- 5mil range. Doing due diligence doesn’t mean they really have a shot to get certain guys but you inquire and see what pops up. Some guys on this site laughing that the heat didn’t get guy like lowery or gortat are stupid and don’t know anything about the nba. Guys are getting overpaid because many teams have alot of cap space this year to spend and many teams have alot of exceptions and trade exceptions to use also.

  2. purple4life2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Cue ringjames…heat are letting bosh go to Hou, signing Melo, Gasol, Stephanson, Deng and trading for KLove, while working a sign/trade for Greg Monroe.

    A new big 8 in Miami he says.

    You are clueless dude!

    • therealhtj - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      What happens to D Wade in all this? At this point the smart basketball move is to let him walk, but are Arison & Riley cold blooded enough to do it? Lakers FO failed in this regard. It’d be pretty awesome to see a team with enough of a pair to let and aging star actually go.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Wouldn’t Stephenson and Gasol equal what Bosh is supposed to make? I don’t think the Heat could pull this off. Unless, of course, this is a sarcasm post.

  3. clevelandrox - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    ??? its like the heat are writing to santa: all i want for christmas… and why are they signing or trying to sign everybody who has bad blood against LeBron. who next Agent Zero, Jokim Noah, Carlos Boozer…

  4. coldwater32301 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Now that’s Funny… Indeed…

  5. smackingfools - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    The Heat are laughable. Remember when players and teams truly disliked each other? That was the NBA. Your team consisted of pretty much the same players every year. And you had to earn your ring. I didn’t hear the Spurs crying when they got beat. They just got better. Lebron is a chump. Wants everybody to just lay down and hand him his ring.

    • beach305 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      So are you saying that the Heat shouldn’t add talent during free agency? Aren’t the Heat trying to do what every other team is trying to do and get better? In your world, if lance signs with anybody except the Heat that is Ok. However, if he signs with the Heat, than it’s Lebron looking for the easy way out.

      Stop drinking the Haterade

      • bkbell3 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        I agree beach305, Not a heat or spurs fan but it’s funny that the spurs guys take pay cuts to play with Timmy and keep things going but the heat guys get vilified when they take cuts and explore if free agents want to come and play for less dollars.smh As a team you explore all options no matter how remote cause you never know. And smackingfools saying that teams staying the same in the past is delusional. jabbar forced his way to the Lakers after winning a chip with an aging Oscar Robertson, Barkley jumped around to 3 teams etc. Guys might hate to play against some guys but will welcome what they bring if they come to their teams. Also the spurs kept their big 3 but have added new pieces every year so their team changes often also.

  6. coltzfan166 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    The guy who just trashed talked LeBron in the conference finals is now being considered by the Heat? Please please make this happen!

  7. ringjames - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Maybe this is why the Heat got Granger. So he can pitch Stephenson on taking less to join… Doubt he does though

  8. jzone954 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Anyone want to tell me the last team the won an nba title with young “up and coming” talent drafted rather then a team of vets put together? I mean this is about winning right? Fun fact, most of these young talented kids drafted will be on other teams in 5 years. That’s just a fact.

  9. lakerade - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Not enough money in Miami for Lance, unless some of the “big 3″ go elsewhere. He will get many offers once the top tier FA’s are off the board.

  10. robigd - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Desperation makes a stinky cologne.

  11. BrownsTown - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    “Hey, Lance. Welcome to the team. Hey, sorry about that obese bench warmer I sent out to forearm you in the Adam’s apple because you said something that offended some of my players.”

    – Coach Spo

  12. december77 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Riley leaking his desperation to the press so that if/when he does lose Lebron, it’ll at least look like he tried.

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