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Lance Stephenson | Guard

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 227
College: Cincinnati
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Lance Stephenson has released a freestyle rap that gave a shoutout to Indiana and Kemba Walker.
With his free agency destination settled, Stephenson tried his hand at the hip hop game and released a basketball-themed freestyle rap. While the NSFW rap can be heard in the link, Born Ready will enter the 2014-15 season as one of the focal points of the Hornets' offense and warrants a mid-round pick in fall fantasy drafts. Aug 26 - 11:29 AM
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President Larry Bird said he feels "really bad" about losing Lance Stephenson.

"I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship," Bird said. "But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid." Stephenson will likely start at shooting guard for the Hornets next season and bump Gerald Henderson over to small forward for some of his playing time.
Jul 21 - 12:15 PM

Lance Stephenson officially signed with the Hornets on Friday.

Stephenson had a breakout season last year, leading the league in triple-doubles, and averaging career-highs across the board. If he can keep his act together, he could be in for a fantastic fantasy season in Charlotte as the team's unquestioned starting shooting guard. Born Ready had a great quote during his introductory press conference stating: "I bring more to the table than blowing in someone's ear."
Jul 18 - 1:26 PM

Lance Stephenson's representatives released a full statement on Wednesday thanking the Indiana Pacers after signing a 3-year deal with the Hornets.

"Lance is forever grateful for all the love he's received from Pacers fans," the statement reads. "He is especially grateful to his teammates, Frank Vogel, Herb Simon, the Pacers management and, most of all, Larry Bird." Bird is often credited with developing Stephenson into one of the most dynamic guards in the NBA. However, the two sides could not agree to terms on a contract. "While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract." The Pacers wanted Lance on a 5-year contract, while Stephenson's camp wanted a short-term deal with the same annual pay. A compromise was never reached and Lance is now a Charlotte Hornet.
Jul 16 - 10:52 AM

The Hornets have won the Lance Stephenson sweepstakes, agreeing to a three-year, $27 million contract with the controversial guard.

The Hornets hold a team option for the third year, while Lance will make $9 million in each of the next two seasons. Stephenson is very talented and could put up some monster numbers in Charlotte, while this could end up coming back to bite Larry Bird. But there is also some risk that Stephenson will have trouble holding it together over the next few years. Additionally, the Hawks just missed out on yet another free agent, as the pickings are starting to get real slim.
Jul 16 - 8:50 AM

The Hornets are reportedly considering the possibility of signing unrestricted FA Lance Stephenson.

Charlotte took a shot at Gordon Hayward, but lost him when Utah matched their offer, so they're looking at Stephenson as a possible upgrade on the wings. The Mavericks are no longer in the running, having signed Chandler Parsons, and there aren't many other teams overtly interested in Stephenson, who turned down a five-year, $44 million offer to re-sign with the Pacers.
Jul 15 - 10:13 PM

If Houston elects to match the Mavs three-year, $46 million offer for Chandler Parsons, the Mavs will turn their attention to Lance Stephenson as a Plan B option.

"Hopefully, the Rockets won't match and we'll have Chandler and that changes what we're able to do," said Mark Cuban. "But Lance is certainly on the list." With Trevor Ariza signing in Houston, it seems very unlikely that the Rockets would choose to match the Mavs offer for Parsons, but it's worth noting Dallas' interest in Stephenson.
Jul 13 - 10:01 AM

The Mavericks are expected to pursue unrestricted free agent Lance Stephenson if the Rockets match their offer sheet on Chandler Parsons.

Parsons' deal is around $15 million per season, so they would essentially offer up something close to that allotment to try and sign Lance. With Monta Ellis playing well at shooting guard, Stephenson may need to adjust at the three. Although, Monta could play the point more.
Jul 12 - 8:37 PM

The Hornets are expected to aggressively pursue free agent SG Lance Stephenson, but he's also being sought after by the Mavericks and Pacers.

More teams could join the mix as the free agent market continues to narrow its focus, and Stephenson is already one of the best available players remaining. The Hornets have about $20 million in salary cap space after missing out on Gordon Hayward, and they're in position to offer much more than Indy's original five-year, $44 million proposal. The Mavericks, meanwhile, can't actively pursue him until the Rockets decide whether to match Dallas' offer sheet for Chandler Parsons.
Jul 12 - 1:39 PM

Unrestricted free agent Lance Stephenson has reportedly received interest from the Celtics.

The Celtics currently only have one shooting guard on the roster in Avery Bradley, so it makes sense that they'd have interest in Stephenson. Stephenson is not close to signing a deal anywhere, and he's also received interest from the Lakers, Mavericks. The Pacers offered Lance a five-year deal worth $44 million, but he'll see if he can fetch a greater offer on the open market.
Jul 7 - 4:58 PM

The Lakers and Mavericks are interested in unrestricted free agent Lance Stephenson.

It's not hard to figure out that these teams have interest in Stephenson. He's basically a backup plan behind LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, so it would be wise for Stephenson to just wait it out until the dominoes start falling. The Pacers and Stephenson seem far apart on a deal worth around $44 million over five years.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 7 - 12:06 PM

The Pacers spoke with Lance Stephenson on Friday and the two sides are no closer on an agreement than they were since Tuesday.

The Pacers have said all along that signing Lance is a priority, but it doesn't sound like they'll get him at a five-year, $44 million deal. The Hornets also have some cap space to go after Stephenson, but they are also in on Gordon Hayward. Unless the Pacers sign someone else besides C.J. Miles, they're still the favorites to bring back Born Ready.
Jul 4 - 2:17 PM

Lance Stephenson and the Pacers have reached an "impasse" in contract negotiations, as Stephenson isn't ready to accept the team's five-year, $44 million offer.

"Lance and his representatives aren't sure they're going to be able to reach an agreement with the Pacers," a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard. The two sides have mutual interest and Indiana hosted Stephenson at a local theater on Tuesday, where they screened a movie about his life as part of their pitch, but so far the 23-year-old SG is holding out for more money -- with Jodie Meeks already landing a three-year, $19 million deal in free agency, it's a reasonable stance. Stephenson has also drawn interest from the Lakers, Bulls and Hornets.
Source: ESPN
Jul 2 - 9:15 AM

The Pacers will make re-signing Lance Stephenson a priority when free agency begins on July 1.

"I got a certain amount I’m going to pay him and I’m not going over that," said Larry Bird. "I do know that. But it’s going to be a very good contract... it’s a very, very fair contract. I know Lance wants to be here, he needs to be paid like everybody else has been paid, and we’re going to do what we can do to keep him." Bird has a good relationship with Lance, and that could help Indiana's case in retaining him as an unrestricted free agent. Both sides have expressed interest in renewing their partnership.
Jun 30 - 5:35 PM

President Larry Bird said on Thursday that there's "no question" that Lance Stephenson wants to stay with the Pacers next season.

"No it's just about getting the terms right and try to get him back," Bird added. The Pacers should have enough room to bring back Stephenson, but some teams will certainly drive the price up on him. Stephenson was phenomenal in the early part of the year thanks to very effective shooting around the rim, but he really slowed down in the second half.
Jun 27 - 10:19 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Brian Roberts
3Jannero Pargo
SG1Lance Stephenson
2Gary Neal
3P.J. Hairston
SF1Gerald Henderson
2Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3Jeff Taylor
PF1Marvin Williams
2Cody Zeller
3Noah Vonleh
4D.J. White
C1Al Jefferson
2Bismack Biyombo