The Dallas Mavericks are waiting to find out whether they will have Chandler Parsons on the roster for the 2014-15 season or not. The Houston Rockets are in no rush to let the Mavericks know if they’re going to match the offer for the restricted free agent or not.
In the meantime the Mavericks are lining up Plan B options, and that list reportedly includes Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers.
“We’re exploring a lot of options, a lot of different people,” Cuban said on Saturday, via the Indy Star. “Hopefully, the Rockets won’t match and we’ll have Chandler and that changes what we’re able to do but Lance is certainly on the list.”
The Pacers have offered Stephenson a five-year deal worth $44 million, which is two years longer and $2 million cheaper than the deal the Mavericks offered Parsons. Stephenson’s price tag could have been hurt by his antics on the court while defending LeBron James of the Miami Heat, but Stephenson’s agent Alberto Ebanks doesn’t see it that way.
“I think at the end of the day, if I’m a GM, if I’m a coach, if I’m a team president, a decision maker, a policy maker, it’s OK for me to have to rein in a guy,” Ebanks said. “I don’t want a guy who’ll have to beg to get after (it). You don’t ever have to worry about whether Lance Stephenson is getting on the plane or whether he’s showing up. Lance Stephenson shows up every single night and if he’s on the court against you, regardless of the relationship you may enjoy off the court, he’s in a zone. He’s a unique guy. He wants to win and if he can beat you by 100, that’s OK with him too.”