The Indiana Pacers have been more than open about their desire to re-sign Lance Stephenson, despite some playoff antics that had some questioning such a decision. But after offering the swingman a five-year, $44 million dollar offer which seemed to offend the veteran, more teams are attempting to throw their name into the ring.
Two such teams attempting to do so are the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, this according to ESPN. In addition, the Charlotte Hornets are also said to have interest in Lance Stephenson. Hornets owner Michael Jordan has expressed a desire to bring a ‘star’ to the franchise this offseason and while Stephenson may not qualify as such, he’d certainly be one of the bigger names the franchise has ever signed in free agency.
As for the Bulls and Lakers, one would have to think that Lance Stephenson would be more of a consolation prize if one or both of the franchises were left at the alter by Carmelo Anthony and/or LeBron James.
So who’s the most likely to sign the talented small forward? At this point there doesn’t seem to be one as according to Lance Stephenson’s agent who suggested his client will not just sign with whomever provides the highest bid but hinted that it’s about fit as well. He also added that Stephenson wants to join a contender, which makes the Lakers a question mark until we see what other offseason moves they have in store.
For now, it seems as if Stephenson’s return to the Indiana Pacers is questionable.