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Report: Dallas, Charlotte only other serious suitors for Lance Stephenson so far outside Indiana

Jul 13, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Lance Stephenson, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Crawford Lance Stephenson, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Crawford

While Lance Stephenson thought he was an All-Star, a lot of executives saw a guy of average efficiency — some nights triple doubles but more nights a lot of missed shots and opportunities — and his blowing-in-the-ear antics and thought, “the price is going to be too high for the risk.”

Indiana made its offer — five years, $44 million.

Stephenson wants more and is betting if he is patient better offers will come in now that the market is shaking out and teams missed on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. However, so far those offers are not as plentiful has expected, reports Sean Deveney at the Sporting News.

According to the source, the remaining serious suitors for Stephenson are expected to be Charlotte, Dallas — if and when the Rockets match the Mavs’ offer sheet for Chandler Parsons — and Indiana. Several teams mentioned in connection with Stephenson, including Boston, Chicago and the Lakers, have not been serious in their pursuit, the source said, while others could register late interest.

Stephenson, 23, has an all-around game and averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game last season, but his pedestrian PER of 14.7 gives some indications of why there are misgivings about his efficiency. Not to mention maturity.

But he’s a potential young star — Dallas and Charlotte need that.

Both also likely would try to reduce their risk with a shorter deal and more money per year, something Dallas is reportedly considering if they make an offer. Would Stephenson take two years and a little more than $20 million, or would he want the lower per year money but security of the Pacers five-year offer?

Look for the Stephenson rumor mill to start to heat up in the coming days.

  1. 12444uggg - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    The Pacers would be making a pretty significant mistake letting him walk over a reasonable discrepancy of price. Can’t lose the second best player on the squad over a couple of mill. Clear the bench if you gotta Larry- they aren’t very good anyway.

    • 2016olympics - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I think when Bird gave CJ Miles 3 yrs $20M he was saw goodbye to Stephenson.

    • qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      They can’t afford him.

  2. seattlesuperchronic - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I like him in Charlotte or Dallas.

  3. bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    I guess it shows how flawed per can be as well as people’s perceptions. lances per is bad, bad bad boy lance. But klay thompson with a career per of 13.9 and 14.4 last year with 43% shooting is a deal breaker in getting a guy with the 3rd highest per in the league at 26.9 with 26pts.and 13 rebounds? And i’ve read reports before that klay is expecting a max contract when the time comes.smh. Ah perceptions, but,but, lance blew in a guys ear,I mean it’s it’s his ear, oh the humanity, Quick, hide the women and children, GASP. Plus Hayward gets 16mil per year to shoot 41% and 30% from the 3 and his shooting has gone down every year he has been in the league. Yes lance needs to mature some and tighten up his game but if he is such a problem why is indy offering him 5 years?

  4. Gordon - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I watched several Pacers games this year, and this guy dribbles around way too much. It was almost unwatchable.

    When he had the ball it seemed like they weren’t running any kind of offense.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Gordon, that’s because they don’t have an offense and more importantly they don’t have a real point guard. Hill is a combo guard that should be coming off the bench. lance is one of the few guys that can create anything for himself and others. Yes at times he over does it but if you watched him all year you would see how talented he is on both sides of the ball. But he needs to mature and get more focused but having a real point guard will take some of the pressure for him to try to create all the time and i’m not a fan of indy or lance.

  5. handsomerob86 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I am not surprised that the market isn’t near as great for Lance, Deng, and Ariza as they thought it would be, people don’t give out huge contracts to above average role players for the most part anymore, they save the money for actual max players. But Hennigan had to go overpay for scrubs like its 2007…

    • ddarqwon - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      “…people don’t give out huge contracts to above average role players for the most part anymore”

      Mark Cuban disagrees….just ask Chandler Parsons.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Utah disagrees…… just ask gordon haywood

      • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Asik and lin giggle in the back ground. lol

    • qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Meeks got $20m over 3 years and Ben Gordon got $4.5m. What’s that you say?

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        I refered to one of those deals specifically when I mentioned Hennigan (i.e. the Magic’s GM) who overpaid both Frye and Gordon. Other Gm’s have figured out not to do this for the most part.

  6. patfic5 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I would probably like Lance a bit more outside of Indiana. The Pacers are a horrible squad to watch. I think Carlisle could maximize this kid’s potential.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      I agree oatfic5 but they have monta ellis at the 2 and 9+mil per is a lot off the bench. Maybe he could play the 3.

  7. bobbybouche305 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Miami will sneak in now that Deng is aboard and grab Lance, if Bledsoe out of reach

    • qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      What will they pay him with?

      • mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        With LeBron gone, there should be plenty of cap space for Miami, even with Bosh re-signing, the probable overpay to the remains of Dyane Wade, adn the probable Deng signing.

        Of course, with LeBron gone, the Heat don’t have nearly as much appeal, but money can solve that issue.

        Does anyone see the humor of Stephenson going to Miami?

      • bobbybouche305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM


  8. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    In Charlotte how would he fit with Gerald Henderson at shooting guard. Dallas has Monta Ellis at SG, Stephenson is going to cause problems if he has to play behind people. He better suck up that pride of his and go back to Indiana.

    • qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      No, he’s not only a tarter, he’s all star material. Indy has no heart. He is a competitor, who demands more than $9m per year. If Hayward is worth $15-16m, Lance is too. Charlotte should jump at the chance to sign him at around $12-14m.

      He may be the only guy left in the east, who’s not scared of LeBron, since Pearce is out.

    • storminator16 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Easy answer for Charlotte: you move Henderson. He’s been a good captain but he is replaceable. I can’t see him being a starter on a lot of teams in the league.

  9. gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    You say “the probable Deng signing”, so it looks like you had not yet read that he is signing with the Heat, and for the same $10M/yr that he had been turning down elsewhere. Had you read that, you probably would not have said what you did about the Heat’s appeal post-LeBron.

    • qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Predicated on the “beach appeal” and no state income tax. They won’t be in the mix. At least not seriously.You’re kidding yourself if you believe in the Riles magic. It hasn’t existed for a couple decades.

      It was Wade, Bosh and LeBron, who corroborated to bring Miami success, not Riley. They made the deal work and he got the credit. Did you see him on TV begging last week? It was pathetic.

  10. qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Since getting Parsons, does Dallas have room for Lance? I hope not, as a Hornets fan.

  11. silverandblack22 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    That’s be a pretty nice get for Charlotte. People are sleeping on Lance. Dude is a walking triple double every night. They need a playmaker in the backcourt to go along with Kemba Walker. Their frontline is strong. Lance would be a great addition to a promising back court. I think Charlotte is a playoff team.

    PS, I’m a Laker fan…

  12. 76ersdoubletank - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I like Stephenson to Charlotte, I’ve been wanting to see that all offseason. At this point, anything would be an upgrade over Gerald Henderson, and Stephenson has a game that is still maturing. The Hornets could be playoff contender with another move, and adding a wellrounded player who can help share the load with Big AL is what this team was missing last year.

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