The Indiana Pacers are going to have to make a financial commitment this offseason to Lance Stephenson, a free agent to be.
Most believe they will, but the Pacers have been adamant in their stance that they have no plans to hit the NBA’s luxury tax limit – something they’ll be bordering on (or eclipsing) if they re-sign Stephenson.
Knowing this, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats are all expected to make a run at Stephenson, assuming he hits the open market, this according to SportingNews.
The Lakers, Bulls and Bobcats will be among the teams who can and would offer an ample payday and increased opportunity for Stephenson this summer.
The Pacers will own Stephenson’s Bird Rights, meaning they can pay him more (and provide more years) than any other team in free agency. Of course, it’s not known if the Pacers are comfortable doing that, though they may have to if they want to retain the talented swingman.
No matter where he signs, it’s clear Stephenson is going to have one heck of a pay day next season.