It appears that you can add Lance Stephenson to the Lakers’ long list of potential free agent signings.
According to Chris Broussard from ESPN, the unrestricted free agent is still be pursued by the Indiana Pacers who offered the 23-year-old a five-year contract worth $44 million, though Stephenson is said to be looking for a larger deal.
Broussard says the Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets are among the teams interested in signing Stephenson this summer.
However, it’s currently unclear whether the Lakers would be willing to outbid the Pacers in order to lure Stephenson to Los Angeles.
While the shooting guard’s talent is undeniable – he averaged career-highs almost across the board last season with 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field – his antics on and off the court have lead to his value decreasing somewhat this summer.
Still, Stephenson is one of the game’s rising stars, and after Jodie Meeks and Avery Bradley landed deals worth around $6 million and $8 million per season respectively, the Brooklyn native will likely get paid one way or another this summer.
Due to his status as an unrestricted free agent, it will be up to Stephenson to decide where he wants to play next season.