Nearly a week after the Indiana Pacers offered talented but controversial guard Lance Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract, the two sides remain far apart on a deal, according to sources close to the situation.
Although his desire is to remain with the Pacers, a disappointed Stephenson began exploring the free-agent market after receiving what he felt was a low-ball offer on Tuesday, sources said.
Stephenson has drawn interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, although both teams have other free agents prioritized above Stephenson, according to sources. The Boston Celtics have also shown interest in Stephenson, according to a source.
Broussard may not be the most reliable reporter, but I’m desperate for fireworks people.
We debated whether Stephenson would fit in Boston last month following Grantland’s comprehensive breakdown of his game. Lance wasn’t getting much love from our readers.
I remain intrigued by his game, but I’m not sure I’d spend north of $10 million for him. Then again, if Avery Bradley is worth $8 million in this market, Lance deserves 8 figures.