May 24, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) looks on in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Indiana Pacers expected to re-sign Lance Stephenson


Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson is obviously a very talented prospect.

However, his antics both on and off of the court have caused frustration among some in the Pacers’ organization and might very well cost Stephenson a few bucks in the offseason. Stephenson is set to become a restricted free agent and although he does have his issues, he should still draw interest once he hits the market.

The Los Angeles Lakers could make a run at Stephenson and both the Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings could get in the mix as well.

However, Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors expects the Pacers to re-sign Stephenson.

Well, Larry Bird’s latest remarks seemed to leave the door open on George Hill, so he seems to be the guy to keep an eye on there. I tend to believe that Lance Stephenson will wind up back in Indiana. The way his value dropped in the second half of the season was something of a blessing in disguise for the Pacers, who can probably re-sign him without getting too close to the luxury tax. The projected rise in the salary cap and tax line really helps the Pacers with Stephenson, too.

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 free throw line 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 three and 71.4% from the charity stripe.

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