Since the season came to an end, there have plenty of rumors surrounding both the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers’ free agent guard Lance Stephenson.
The Hornets added big man Al Jefferson last season and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2010. They’d like to make a similar move this season. Stephenson reportedly turned down a five-year, $44 million deal from the Pacers.
Looking for an offensive upgrade, the Hornets could offer a contract to Stephenson, but Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes he will likely be returning to the Pacers.
Lance would be a tremendous signing, but I still think he goes back to Indy when all is said and done. I liked the P.J. Hairston addition, as it should add some much needed shooting if he were to develop into a rotation player. I’m looking forward to seeing Vonleh and Hairston in action during Summer League. The team can definitely use a perimeter defender like Deng, and could actually land him if willing to slightly overpay or extend to a four-year deal for him. I’d also like to see them bring Sessions back into the fold, as he really did seem to be as comfortable as I’ve seen him look during that last stretch with the Hornets (prior to the trade).
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. In his four-year career, he has averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 46.7% from the field, 32.5% from three and 71.1% from the free throw line.