The Indiana Pacers failed to re-sign Lance Stephenson, although it’s debatable as to how badly they really wanted him back. No matter, he’s agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets and the Pacers have struck out with their flamboyant two-guard.
But while the Pacers were after Stephenson with a five-year, $44 million offer, another team swooped in to give him an offer they thought he might not be able to refuse. According to Adam Zagoria from SNY.tv, the Dallas Mavericks had an offer into Stephenson that wouldh ave paid him an average of $2 million less the Pacer offer.
Lance also had a 3-year, $20M offer from Dallas, but they ended up signing Chandler Parsons.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 16, 2014
Chris Broussard for ESPN.com also confirmed the report that the Mavs had an offer out to Stephenson but had to pull back when they got Chandler Parsons.
The Dallas Mavericks had a two-year, $20 million offer on the table to Stephenson, contingent on the Houston Rockets matching their offer for forward Chandler Parsons. If Houston had matched, Stephenson would have signed with Dallas, sources said.
Adding Stephenson would have been great, but the Hornets offer seems to have made more sense to the guard instead of taking an offer with the Pacers or agreeing to take the Mavs deal before they had to pull it. Either way, Stephenson has found a home and the free agent pool is dwindling.
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