The Indiana Pacers haven’t made any secrets about their desire to re-sign Lance Stephenson this offseason, but the two sides have struggled to find a middle ground leaving the swingman’s future in flux. It’s possible he could return to the Pacers if the two sides cave a bit on their demands, but Indiana isn’t the only team with interest in the forward.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, both the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are likely to show interest in Lance Stephenson if they are left at the alter by LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony.
“Stephenson has drawn interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers,” says Broussard, “although both teams have other free agents prioritized above Stephenson, according to sources.”
Understandably both the Lakers and Mavericks are looking for bigger name talent, thought Stephenson would be a very solid consolation prize if they were to miss out. That holds especially true for the Mavericks who don’t really have the available money to lure a max free agent unlike the Lakers.
Lance Stephenson of course made waves during the 2014 postseason over his antics directed at the aforementioned LeBron James, of which he somewhat apologized for. Some have hinted that his actions may have hurt his chances of securing a long term deal in free agency, though it seems as if there are multiple teams interested in his services.
The veteran turned down a five-year, $44 million dollar contract from the Indiana Pacers earlier in the offseason and has yet to receive a concrete offer elsewhere.