Jan 22, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) reacts against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers working on Lance Stephenson sign-and-trade for Goran Dragic?


The NBA Free Agency season is well underway and now that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have decided their futures, the rest of the free agents who were backed up waiting for movement are going to start signing places.

Pau Gasol has already decided where he wants t sign and Luol Deng has decided that he’s down  to the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, but one interesting free agent name still out there is Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

According to Mitch Lawrence from the New York Daily News, the Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers could engage in sign-and-trade talks that would see Goran Dragic in a Pacers uniform next season and Lance Stephenson with the Suns.

The Pacers would love to make a deal for Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, with Lance Stephenson being a candidate to go to the Suns in a sign-and-trade. But the Pacers want to keep George Hill, their much-maligned point guard. Stephenson is more likely to land in Charlotte which will have to overpay him at about $12M per year.

This seems to be a plan that is only being mildly considered as there are some massive pieces involved here for both sides. But at the core of the situation, things make sense as the Suns are loaded with point guards and will need to eventually get rid of Dragic, Eric Bledsoe or someone and the Pacers need a point guard.
It’s also not the first time the Pacers have been involved rumors with Goran Dragic so there might actually be something to these rumors.

Tags: Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns

  • Adam

    NO!!! Stephenson is a joke. The Pacers players don’t want him back. Goran is the leader by example on the Suns..and a 3rd team All-Nba player. This would be a terrible trade for the Suns.

    If were going to trade one of our PG’s….sign and trade Bledsoe and get something we need. Sign and trade Bledsoe to Detriot for Monroe.

    • Cory Jones

      You are extremely stupid sir, Dragic may be great, but Lance Stephenson is better. Dragic is almost 30 years old, Lance is 23….Dragic finally had a great season and you say he is amazing compared to Lance? PLEASE…..Dragic had one good season, lance may act crazy sometimes, but the playoffs were over blown in how he acts. If the Pacers make this trade there would be riots outside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

      • Adam

        You are extremely stupid sir. It has been well documented that the Pacers players have flat out said they don’t want Stephenson there. He is a clown. A guy that has the attitude of a superstar, and the production of a mid level player. The playoffs were not overblown…not only did he make a fool of himself and his team…he played like crap. Weren’t the Pacers supposed to make the finals this year?? Oh yea…they crapped the bed.

        Dragic is a better player than Stephenson in every way. I don’t care how old Goran is…he will be the better player over the next 4 years…which is how long the contract will be.

        Anyway, you’re an idiot. The Suns aren’t trading you an All-NBA player who is respected around the league for a piece of trash that is considered a joke. We’ll keep Goran, and you guys watch Stephenson head to another team.

        • Cory Jones

          http://www.sports.yahoo.com/news/pacers-players-want-lance-stephenson-20552217–nba.html;_ylt=A0L8sFFT0wAg.dXNyoA . This is my source. You obviously have no possible idea what he means to the Pacers teammates. You sir just read the same overblown articles written about Lance. So you can keep your “dragon”, because Lance has way more potential “than the guy who just figured things out this year”.

          • Gabriel

            lolol @disqus_ys8dHdizlJ:disqus …You are saying keep lance because his teammates like him? And shooting down the dragon? 3rd team all nba, most improved….He Will be better than Lance for the next 4 years..Pacers had 8 more wins than Phoenix…with about 30 million more invested, and in the east…Keep that scrub lance lol. Pacers fans…smh

          • tim

            amen- these people are insane. Its not even close.

        • pitzer

          Wasn’t the pacers the top seed in the eastern conference, and last time I checked the pacers handed two scrubs over to Phoenix that helped the suns not make the playoffs… So you should take a long walk in the desert.

          • Adam

            “Weren’t” the Pacers the top seed in the East…yes (they would have been about #6 in the West”. They were the top seed…and then proceeded to make themselves into a national laughing stock in the playoffs. They were horrible..and instead of just losing…they (mostly Stephenson) made them look like complete idiots.

            And you really wanna talk about the trade we made? We dumped a 34 year old, non-athletic Luis Scola on you, and he had one of the worst seasons of his career. We got Green and Plumlee, who both then went on to have the best seasons of their careers…AND a first round pick! That trade was won by the Suns 10000X over.

            I guess the thing youve proven is Pacers fans are stupid. If you think Stephenson is awesome…then we better stay far away…cause you don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • pitzer

          Cory Jones put you in your place too… You should write in your comedic journal. “Stop posting about things you don’t know”…,Phoenix a contender… that is pretty funny though.

        • pitzer

          Cory Jones put you in your place too… You should write in your comedic journal. “Stop posting about things you don’t know”…,Phoenix a contender… that is pretty funny though.

    • pitzer

      This guy is a moron Lance lead the league in triple doubles and on a team with an incredible record… and he’s only 23 years old.

      • Adam

        Then keep him….please. The Suns don’t want that clown. he is a joke. He is just as likely to keep acting like an idiot and squander his talent as he is to become a good NBA player.

        If the Suns wanted him, we would make him an offer. We have plenty of space. He turned down 9 million a year…which is WAY more than hes worth. I wouldn’t want him for 1/2 that…let alone trading Dragic.

        You sad Pacer fans can sit and tell everyone how great Stephenson is…but the rest of the league isnt buying it. Teams are not knocking down his door to get him….and it’s mostly because when he got the opportunity to make a name for himself in the playoffs…he instead chose to act like a whiny little child. I’ll repeat…he’s not wanted in PHX. Dump your trash somewhere else.

        • pitzer

          Thanks I think we will and we will take Goran when the time comes. Until then, enjoy every other team destroying your team , they will get dominated on the inside. I’m sure all those guards over there will enjoy sharing the ball and playing time. It must be real hard knowing you have to change your team, without a real superstar. Now the pacers will have 2, 23 year old superstars. Goran will be begging for us to make him an offer next year.

          • Adam

            Awesome. Goran is going to get extended here, so he won’t be going anywhere. We will be just fine, and keep kicking the crap out of the Pacers every time we play them.

            Stephenson is going to end up somewhere other than Indy or Phx…and you will get nothing for him. Just watch…once Stephenson sings somewhere else…you will be on here talking about he was a one year wonder…how he was overrated…how he was a nut job and you’re glad the Pacers didn’t pay him.

            Don’t get too sad. Maybe Lance can come over and blow in your ear before he leaves town.

          • pitzer

            It didn’t work with the timberwolves either. Loading up on the same position causes only stagnant offense, guys trying to do too much…. Lance had 5 triple-doubles last year. I would never say something that stupid, unless it would buy the pacers time, till the rest of the teams overspent their cap… Which was exactly what I did. If he signs with us great, we got him for a bargain, which gives us two guys that can create their own shot. If not, oh well, I like the idea of primarily going through Paul George too. He alone those last two games averaged 30 points in the second half of games 5 and 6. Nobody on the suns could do that, not now, or when they were 23 years old…. As far as the blowing, no thanks, your mom does fine.

          • Adam

            So you start off talking about how great Stephenson is…and then in the next sentence say that you wouldn’t care if he signed somewhere else.

            Most of your post makes no sense…but it’s pretty obvious from the way you speak that you’re not an intelligent person.

            The bottom line is…Stephenson is overrated, the Pacers are overrated, and the Suns are not stupid enough to trade you anything of value for your garbage players. If you want, we can have Goran take a dump in a paper bag….we’d trade you that for Stephenson and a 1st round pick.

            Oh and by the way…that “mom” line that took you 2 days to think up….that was FANTASTIC! I almost fell over when I read it, and then I saw your “the Suns play with themselves”…holy crap. Forget posting on these message boards, you need to work as a professional TV writer. Your witty comments are so funny, and so well timed…I’m speechless. Please make sure to leave your basement today, go upstairs and tell your mom that someone finally recognized your comedic skill. Maybe it will keep her from killing herself out of sheer disappointment about her loser kid for another couple of days!

          • pitzer

            I would never kill myself. Unless I have a humongous Streisand nose.

          • pitzer

            I always said Drake should polar bear hunt himself on a vine.

          • pitzer

            How is that for comedic timing? I really don’t care what a Adam thinks.

          • Adam

            Killer stuff. You proved you can’t read, or post a comment that even remotely makes sense.

            Why don’t you just take a break from these message boards for a while. You are making yourself look really dumb. Take an hour for yourself….go up to the Lance Stephenson fathead on your wall…and just sniff and lick the balls a little. I’m sure it will make you feel better.

          • pitzer

            If Lance goes to Phoenix, you will try to smell and lick the real deal.

          • John Henry

            The Suns destroyed the pacers twice last season….The Suns could just make an offer to Stephenson if they wanted to overpay him. If the pacers thought he was worth 12 million, they would have signed him by now. The Suns wouldn’t be so stupid to trade one of their best players to the Pacers for the honor of overpaying a player the pacers don’t even want. Lastly, the Suns play a two PG system. They want two PGs on the court at all time. They need at least 3 point guards, they do not need to unload any PGs because there will plenty of minutes for all 3. Deal with it. Goran isn’t going to the Pacers for anything less than Paul George.

          • pitzer

            Apparently the suns play with themselves too.

          • tim

            fascinating. we will see.

          • Gabriel

            lol, didnt you guys get swept by PHX? Scrubs. Come to the west, every night is competition, i dont see the pacers being better than the wolves lol

          • pitzer

            Some teams take the night off against scrub teams. Especially teams that are resting up for the playoffs. Besides Phoenix would have gotten swept by Miami. The pacers always take Miami 6 or 7.

  • pitzer

    We should give them back Scola and a 2015 first round pick. They will save money, get back a big that knows the system, and won’t have to get in the Lance sweepstakes.

    • John Henry

      Scola never played with Hornacek and is too slow to play with the young and athletic suns. We already have 3 first round picks next year, including a top 5 protected lakers pick. We don’t need the garbage we sent to you back, especially for Goran Dragic. I know Pacer fans hate that they got fleeced so hard, just deal with it.

      • pitzer

        We will just cut ties with Scola and concentrate that money on Goran or Rondo, when they realize they are going nowhere with the teams they play on. Deal with that!… and Hornaceks sophomore slump, Gerald Greens disappearance, oh, and I don’t want to forget… the finger pointing when you are failing to make the playoffs AGAIN. chumps

  • Jimmyshwaggert

    Even though I like lance and see him as being a stud in the future. Right now dragic is far better. He can create far better than lance. Lance is a chucker and makes a lot of bad decisions not to mention his maturity level. The guy is playing in a contract year and acts that way during the playoffs. He has some growing up to do and I can assure you, the suns office and coaching staff doesn’t want that headache. Were still paying Beasley money. I can assure you this rumor is all from indianas side. Not phoenix. And when people want to say dragic first good season. You aren’t looking at his career. He played back up to Nash in phoenix and lit the spurs up himself in a game that will never be forgotten. When he did get sent to Houston. Houston really didn’t give him the lead role. And his first year back in phoenix the squad suns put around him was a joke. Expected to win 20 games and he was a key factor that got them to 48 wins. Dragic would have lit the east up last season. Pacers need to worry about how they operate and the decisions they make. They overpaid George and Hibbert . Dude isn’t clutch. And that is one of the reasons they are only offering lance 8 mill. They could clear some money if they needed to. They messed up getting rid of granger. They messed up in that trade with phoenix last season and butt hurt from our gm giving it to them with no lube because he knows talent. Indi is trying to play phoenix back but that ain’t how getting played works. Y’all will lose lance. At least you got the fact y’all are in a bullshit conference so you should still win games.

    • pitzer

      Hope you are looking forward to the disappearance of Gerald Green and the nobody Miles Plumlee.

      • Jimmyshwaggert

        Can I get some recommendations from you. What did you do for the preparation of the Hibbert disappearance? miles plumlee had almost identical stat lines as Hibbert. How much indi paying him though. Let’s not even get into talks of centers. Cause right now y’all in a much worse predicament with your big.

      • Jimmyshwaggert

        I’m ok with that. I’ve already been saying use green in a trade and there will be a demand for him too.

        • pitzer

          Really from who?… At least Hibbert is a two time all-star. Not to mention, he has been to two eastern conference finals. Plus I am sure, he probably has more playoff games than the entire suns team. He didn’t do himself any favors playing like he did, but if you think he played, like he knows how, then you really need to get out of the Phoenix heat. 7’2″ and he forgot how to rebound… Basically I am saying, the pacers played 4 against 5, again in the PLAYOFFS.

          • pitzer

            Since you are the only guy posting anything that actually happened this last year in the NBA. THOSE PACERS REALLY KNOW HOW TO MAKE TEAMS THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS PRETTY ANGRY…I fell sorry for their fans. We tried to give them a couple of guys that got to the eastern conference finals, but they were spectators there too. I guess Pheonix would have seen and registered that if they knew anything about good basketball teams.

    • pitzer

      Dude has Phoenix turned into San Francisco? Jimmy is so angry… Just get some KY, and stop writing about basketball, you only know half of it…. the balls part, chump.

      • Jimmyshwaggert

        Someone must be salty about the loss of lance. I’m sure you probably will say he sucks and you’re glad he is gone.

      • pitzer

        … Jimmyswiggit

  • Jimmyshwaggert

    To all you pacers fans, what happened this past season in both suns pacers matches. That’s right. Y’all got beat by 20 plus. Stop it already.

    • pitzer

      Rather be in the playoffs, just like the suns played harder then the pacers during those two games, but failed miserably to make the 8th seed let alone the 1st. Seed… Boy that is a major difference, even further because you weren’t even 8th. LMAO!

      • Jimmyshwaggert

        And the Bledsoe injury is what kept us out. In the end you still choked and have 2 over paid players on your squad in George and Hibbert. Do you really think pacers would even been in the top 4 of the west. Please. You are comparing apples to tuna fish bro. Suns would have been third with their record in the east. Possibly even higher if Bledsoe was healthy. Pacers are lucky they’re not in the west cause they would have been mollywopped.

        • pitzer

          Suns choked getting in the playoffs, pacers would have made the playoffs in the west. Should we even continue comparing the team that got through two playoff series, the pacers… to the team that watched and wished they were the fourth ranked team in the east, the suns. ENOUGH SAID, MORON!

        • pitzer

          Mollywop your mama’s panties.

  • Luka

    This can’t possibly be an option.

  • John Henry

    “The Pacers would love to make a deal for Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, with Lance Stephenson being a candidate to go to the Suns in a sign-and-trade. ”
    Translation, the pacers wish they could turn a player that is already leaving into an allstar the Suns have no interest in trading.

    • Gabriel

      Preach John Henry, Preach on these weak Pacer Fans..

      • pitzer

        Gabriel for co-village idiot.

    • pitzer

      John Henry for village idiot.

  • Mikey G

    ATTENTION:Suns don’t need a sign and trade to sign Stephenson. They have enough cap space and he’s not restricted. Again, Suns don’t have to give Indy ANYTHING to sign Stephenson.

    • pitzer

      Mike G…Must stand for “Going nowhere”

  • MyMets

    Simple Question: With $30 million in cap space to play with, why would the Suns trade Dragic for Stephenson instead of signing Stephenson outright? Stephenson is UFA, if you don’t know what that means look it up.

    • pitzer

      He wants to go to a contender, sorry for your luck, chump!

  • Luka

    Include Roy Hibbert in the trade then we have a deal.

    • Jimmyshwaggert

      Suns don’t want Hibbert. He ain’t worth 15 mill

  • Meirsch.

    The mere fact that this is even being reported makes me want to punch my computer screen repeatedly.

    • pitzer

      Yeah, like the pacers have got the ability to shut down every team in the NBA, all we need is a few adjustments. A guy like Dragic, will be begging for Larry to contact his agent, at the all-star break. Indy stay patient, let the legend do his magic.

      • Jimmyshwaggert

        Zzzzzzzzzz

        • pitzer

          Jimmyfaggert!

          • Jimmyshwaggert

            That’s pretty creative bro.