An alleged fight between Indiana Pacers’ guards Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner only further damaged Stephenson’s reputation.
And it could cost him a few bucks, too.
According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, Stephenson could take a hit in free agency.
One league executive said the problems that have arisen—the public ones, remember, not the behind-the-scenes ones—with Stephenson will cut deep into his value on the free-agent market, and that a deal worth $7 million-$8 million per year is more likely to be Stephenson’s range now.
“You hear things, for sure,” one general manager told Sporting News this week. “Stephenson is a guy who has talent, but if you have a young team and you’re building up a culture, you have to consider that before you pursue a guy who might affect your locker room negatively. You have to do your due diligence.
“But that sort of thing is going to affect the market for him, for sure. If a guy has issues, you better know about them and you think twice about going after him.”
Stephenson, who is said to be looking for a deal worth between $10-11 million per season.
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season.