May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) walks off the court during a game against the Miami Heat in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pacers, Lance Stephenson reach impasse on new deal


The Indiana Pacers selected Lance Stephenson in the 2010 NBA Draft, but it appears things could be reaching the “end of the road,” if you will. That’s because ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the two sides are at an impasse over a new contract for the guard.

According to reports, the Pacers offered Stephenson a five-year deal worth $44 million but it wasn’t the offer he was looking for.

“Lance and his representatives aren’t sure they’re going to be able to reach an agreement with the Pacers,” a source said, via Broussard’s report. “It’s clear they want him back and he wanted to go back, but they may not be able to come to terms.”

The Pacers were at a disadvantage thanks to Stephenson having a breakout season in his final year of his contract. Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season—all of which were career highs.

Where Stephenson lands is an unknown, but Broussard is reporting that teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets have all expressed interest in his services.

Indiana clearly wanted Stephenson back in the fold, even producing a full-length movie about Stephenson’s life and showing it to him at a private screening with family and friends in attendance according to the Indianapolis Star.

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  • metalhead65

    if he clearly wanted to back he would take the contract they offered, but as usual they say one thing then do another. look I am for making as much money as you can get but be honest about it! what is so hard with saying you want to make as much as possible? what is so hard about just admitting it is about the money? he will hold a press conference after signing with his new team saying how much he enjoyed his time in Indiana and how it was not about the money but the Pacers did not show him the respect or some other bs story when in fact it was about the MONEY! he will be missed but his antics won’t. let his new team worry about his trash talking and being unable to back it up when it counts in the playoffs.