It doesn’t appear that LeBron James will be coming to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.
Carmelo Anthony probably isn’t, either.
So, how about Lance Stephenson?
While Stephenson may not be one of the “sexier” names out there, he is a young, up-and-coming talent and is set to be an unrestricted free agent this year.
And, according to Sean Deveney from Sporting News, the Lakers might just be able to get Stephenson on the cheap.
While the 23-year-old is coming off a successful season with the Indiana Pacers with averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game – he also shot 35 percent from three-point range – Deveney reports that Stephenson’s stock has dropped in recent times, partly due to his rumored fight with teammate Evan Turner before the playoffs began.
Now, Deveney hears that Stephenson will receive offers around the $7 million-$8 million per year mark this summer – as opposed to $11 million per season – and that could be music to the Lakers’ ears.
Deveney reported earlier in the year that the Lakers would express interest in Stephenson in this summer, and the fact that his value has dropped in recent times could result in him wearing the purple and gold next season.
The Lakers will be able to spend around $10 million this offseason and still have enough room to ink a max free agent to a contract in 2015 – aka Kevin Love – so it appears that Stephenson could definitely be a candidate to take some money from Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss this summer.