Since the Indiana Pacers were defeated by the Miami Heat in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals (their straight defeat at the hands of the Heat in the postseason), the future of the team has come into question.
There is speculation that the Pacers could decide to trade center Roy Hibbert. Although Hibbert completely disappeared during a large portion of the 2014 postseason, he is still a very good defender and big men are very hard to find, meaning Hibbert may be able to fetch a nice return. Of course, the Pacers’ defense, which was the best in the league this season, would clearly suffer and Hibbert will more than likely return.
However, the future of guard Lance Stephenson could be on his way out. Stephenson is a very good player, but his antics both on and off the court have worried the Pacers. However, Larry Bird has recently said he plans to keep Stephenson, telling reporters you can’t let a player of Stephenson’s talent just walk away.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a trade.
Our friends over at Bovada have sent over their latest odds regarding Stephenson.
Where will Lance Stephenson Play his first game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Indiana Pacers +150 (3/2)
Any Other Team -200 (1/2)
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc and 71.1% from the charity stripe in the regular season. In the postseason, he put up 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 45.5% from the field, 35.8% from downtown and 71.4% from the free throw line.