One of the most intriguing free agents of the 2014 offseason is Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson.
Stephenson is a very versatile player and although he isn’t great at anyone part of the game, he is good at several different aspects. His talent has never been questioned, but he has had plenty of issues both on and off of the court that really came to the forefront during the Pacers’ loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Stephenson was caught blowing in the ear of Heat forward LeBron James, which really set many off.
There was speculation Stephenson may have lost money with his actions, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, just after free agency opened and Stephenson became an unrestricted free agent, the Pacers reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth $44 million. Stephenson, however, turned the deal down, convinced he can find a team that will pay more annually. The Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls (if they don’t land Carmelo Anthony), Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are all said to be interested.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Celtics are also showing interest in Stephenson.
In addition to Dallas & Lakers, Boston also showing interest in Lance Stephenson, source said
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
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.