Pacers’ $44 million offer to Stephenson reportedly not enough

Lance Stephenson's defense on LeBron James in the playoffs raised some eyes.


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Lance Stephenson is looking to cash in after his career year. It appears as though his expected payday might not be with his former team.

The Indiana Pacers have offered Stephenson a five-year, $44 million deal, but that’s not going to cut it for the shooting guard, ESPN reports.

Stephenson averaged career highs in points (13.8), rebounds (7.2) and assists (4.6) per game last season.

"Lance and his representatives aren’t sure they’re going to be able to reach an agreement with the Pacers," a source told ESPN. "It’s clear they want him back and he wanted to go back, but they may not be able to come to terms."

According to the report, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets are among a number of teams that have reached out to Stephenson’s agent.

Some of Stephenson’s unusual on-court antics (most notably blowing in LeBron James’ ear during a playoff game) could affect how much money he commands in the open market.