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When NBA free agency began on July 1, the Indiana Pacers offered Lance Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract. However, with the type of contracts that are being given out so far, Stephenson has begun exploring the market since he believes it was a low-ball offer according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

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.

While the Lakers are completely focused on Carmelo Anthony right now, the team is interested in Stephenson:

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.

Although Stephenson’s tactics during the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James and the Miami Heat made headlines, he is an extremely versatile guard as he led the NBA in triple-doubles with five. In addition, he averaged 7.2 rebounds per game which was the highest among guards.

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For the Lakers, Stephenson would be a strong option if they are unable to land Anthony. He has the ability to play numerous positions and with Kobe Bryant around, the five-time champion could help him channel his intensity and limit his antics.
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  • TheLakers

    If Nash, an invalid, is getting $10 million, then this guy is worth $14 million.
    Defense, rebounds, 14 ppg on a team all starter can score 20 ppg if they were on a different team, is awesome.

    Led the NBA in triple double.

    He would be a great piece for years to come. Like Fisher but more raw talent. With good coaching he has great potential.

    • Terrence

      Ya The Lakers won’t get any of those guys.It’s Carmelo or LeBron or bust.I can tell that’s how it is just by following free agency.Lakers will not get Parsons since he is a restricted free agent and Houston will match any offer.Trevor Ariza is a nice player but not a game changer and he wants $8-$11 million according to media reports and he is pushing 30 years old.Luol Deng is demanding $12-$14 million dollars per year and he is older and Atlanta is the frontrunner for Deng and Miami has shown interest also.Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent and Detroit will match any offer or push a sign and trade to the highest bidder.

      Eric Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and the Suns will match any offer.Isiah Thomas is a restricted free agent and the Kings can match any offer but might not IDK he is smallish but good.Lance Stephenson is not coming to the Lakers he is staying in Indiana or going to Charlotte or Dallas no way in hell would the Lakers overpay for him as he only had one breakout year so far,no overpaying for Lance.Lakers are getting Carmelo and or LeBron or bust.They are going for a grandslam.

    • Kobe Slams Haters

      The source of the article is trash seriously.Fuck Chris Broussard he is a worthless lame ass piece of shit and he should have been fired from BSPN years ago.Chris Broussard is nothing but a bitch ass player hating turd.That fool Chris Broussard is a bitch.Broussard is a Lakers hater and a nobody bum from Ohio he is just a big lame with no life.This crap about Lance Stephenson and Lakers is fake since it’s coming from the dirty mouth of the big fat liar Chris Broussard.Don’t ever believe anything Broussard says he lies about everything.He is a Lakers hater and he is on blast.

      • Robert J. Carmack

        yeah, Tell us how you really feel about Chris??

  • BULL

    im happy things are kind of at a stand still, til Melo makes his decision. As soon as he makes it .. we need to hit the market hard! and this guy should be ontop of our list along with Parsons, Ariza, Deng and Monroe

    • vdogg

      could not agree more. i hope the lakers also re-sign bazemore quickly. he will be a phenomenal back-up for kobe.

    • rival

      Don’t forget Isaiah Thomas or bledsoe.

      • LakerSpartan117

        I would want bledsoe from the two… but Isaiah has that Laker fire in him. So I would be happy with either.

      • david

        i like Isiah Thomas; he’s got guts and fire in the belly but his 20 pps is on a bad team and he doesn’t play enough defense for the kind of money he is seeking. I wouldn’t pay more than 4-5 mil for his talent.

    • marywedwards

      like
      Jacqueline implied I’m taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month
      on the computer . see post F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • rival

    Hell yea! I love rumors, let’s get this done. Laker nation!

    • Badazztj12

      It doesn’t say its rumor, so it must be true

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        But it does say it’s Chris Broussard, so we know it won’t happen.

        • Badazztj12

          lol

  • Badazztj12

    Melo is taking too long. Glad FO is starting search now. We got he money to get two good guys anyway for the future

  • Derek Clark

    Sign him. Try not to cut into the cap too much. Offer him more than the Indiana Pacers did. I think he’s worth at least $6-9M … anyway, I’d happily have him take over Jordan Farmar’s number and play for the Lakers.

    • Badazztj12

      Pacers offered him 8.8 mil for 5 years. We got to least go for 12 mil for 4 years

      • Truth B Told

        Maybe 9.5mil-10mil……Good pickup if we get him.

        • Badazztj12

          Pacers offered 8.8 mil for 5 years which makes 44 mil and something. He wants more. We cant offer him a 5 year max contract because he is not on team. 12 mil for 4 years is 48 mil, which he will most likely. Cant offer him 11 mil for 4 years because its just 44 mil still

  • lakeshow24

    What I would love is if we pursue Anthony

    PG Thomas
    SG Bryant
    SF Anthony

    PF Randle
    C Hibbert

    Since Indiana wants to get rid of Hibbert we can trade Nash and Sacre or Marshall to Indiana for Hibbert. We don’t need offense we need defense.

    • Derek Clark

      LOL Hibbert?? Hahaha I’d rather have a messed up Andrew Bynum at the vet min than Roy Hibbert … in two games he looked better than Hibbert’s whole season

      • lakershow24

        He can still defend and he just needs a change of scenery.

      • Tune

        Whole season? Not exactly. What we lack is a defensive anchor if we had that team. With that team, scoring isn’t what we’d need from our center. Pacers team overall was a train wreck after all-star break so something definitely happened. I imagine him changing teams would be great.

        • lakeshow24

          Finally someone that understands.

    • LakerSpartan117

      I wouldn’t mind Hibbert (I haven’t given up on him like everyone else). But we should look for a cheap vet min. defensive center. Greg Oden anyone?

      He was healthy with Miami, they just didn’t play him to satisfy damn “small ball’

      • lakeshow24

        Greg Oden is washed up…I believe Hibbert can shine playing with kobe and Melo because all he needs to focus on is defense.

        • LakerSpartan117

          Hibbert’s contract is just too much to swallow.. He’s a, if not the best rim protector in the game, but even if we trade Nash’s contract Kobe, Melo, and Hibbert would take up all the cap space. Preventing any potential retool if it goes south. And we wouldn’t be able to afford Thomas, because we’ll be over the cap.

          • Zimmeredge

            Larry will never swallow nash’s contrat just to make us happy. He is a top contender in the east. If big three part ways they are probably the best team in that conférence with bulls.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Thank you for agreeing with me.. now tell that to the guy who suggested we trade for Hibbert.

          • LakerSpartan117

            And btw they could afford Stephenson if they trade Hibbert. Meaning a big 3 of George, Stephenson, and West. Better than Hibbert in that big 3 instead of Stephenson.

          • TheZuluNation

            Agree. Bird wouldn’t help out a rival haha.

          • Robert J. Carmack

            wow, we would need the “exception rule” Hibbert is over paid, but i’m hearing some crazy shY_t tonight

        • 808Alan

          Therein lies the problem. He wasn’t getting touches on offense so he pouted and didn’t play D as well.

      • Thomas Klein

        Vets minimum center, Jermaine O’neal played well last year and would sign for the vets minimum if Anthony, Kobe, Thomas, Randle were on the team.

      • TheZuluNation

        I’d rather just wait for Hibbert to become a FA in 2016.

    • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

      Sacramento is looking for a pass first point huard, so Lakers should try trading Marshall&Nash. Hopefully they give us IT.

      • LakerSpartan117

        The Lakers see something special in Kendall Marshall, and I heard he has put on some muscle so he could handle the stronger PG’s

        • LakersOverEverything

          He should. Hell, if he can’t be quick, at least get strong.

          • Thomas Klein

            You might knock his defense, but he made passes last year that only one other NBA guard could make, and his name is Nash.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Who, me? No, I’m knocking him. I was actually one of the few pro-Marshall guys this year. His passing and court vision is phenomenal. I’d like to see how good he becomes 3-4 years from now

          • TheZuluNation

            I think he meant it in a figure of speech kind of way. People knock Marshall’s defense which is understandable. I think he will improve.

        • Lamda

          I think what they see is an inexpensive contract with a guard who can actually play in consecutive games

        • Truth B Told

          Marshall should not even be on the Roster….We need athletic guards like Stephenson and Farmar…someone that can create for themselves and others……Bob Cousy is Obsolete today.

    • Badazztj12

      Not Hibbert, his contract is too big for us.

      • lakeshow24

        It is but if we trade Nash he is making almost 10 mil for doing nothing…If he works out we have another year with him.

        • Badazztj12

          That doesn’t mean the Pacers gonna take the trade anyway. They aren’t looking to take on contracts and rebuild. They are contenders

          • Zimmeredge

            And if they drop hibbert it’s to make room for stephenson.

          • Badazztj12

            They are looking to trade for a decent C. If they trade Hibbert, to us who gonna be there C? Sacre is not a starting C

          • comrade24

            Sign and trade with Gasol? They need offensive help, we need inside defensive help

          • Badazztj12

            Gasol is at least consistent though. We have seen Hibbert can disappear on both sides of the ball time from time

          • comrade24

            That’s true but I doubt that would happen with the black mamba barking in his ear

          • Badazztj12

            True and maybe we can throw nash in that trade also if we giving Pau to them. At least nash will be on a contending team

          • lakeshow24

            If they drop Hibbert they have an extra 4 mil. Plus Nash is an expiring contract,however Hibbert is not, so it is possible.

          • Zimmeredge

            Do you think Larry bird is crazy?

        • Thomas Klein

          We may NEED Nash to protect cap space for next year to go after Kevin Love, REMEMBER you have to think two, three and four moves ahead, NBA collective bargaining rules and team strategy is like Chess only with more rules.

    • comrade24

      Totally agree. What about a sign and trade with pau. I don’t know how the dollars and cents would work out but it would serve everyone’s interests. Pau would go to a contender that needs an upgrade on offense, and we would get defensive presence and rim protection. I don’t care if he goes 1 for 100 all season

  • LakerSpartan117

    He is definitely a talent, and I believe immaturity issues can be fixed through “tough love” and discipline (it seems David West’s leadership was overblown). Kobe can mentor him and give him the motivation to become a very good player, maybe even great.

    Forget what the ESPN analysts say about Lance. He can be better then what they think of him. And Indiana is putting to many eggs into Paul George’s basket.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Im just waiting on Melo’s decision

  • Zimmeredge

    Stephenson and Thomas are definitely our plan b.
    But plan A with melo is great as well.
    There is belief that if we can lure melo then we could attract Pau or someone bigger to play in la.

    • Ben

      Call me crazy, I actually like the idea of Stephenson and randle busting folks up in the middle over Anthony n randle. Seems like a tenacious combo.

  • Wes

    Yes Lance Stephenson can play Point Guard and can play Shooting Guard.So we can start Lance Stephenson at Point Guard.We need to remember Lance Stephenson led the Pacers in assists last season and he was a Point Guard in College and he does play Point Guard in all his past Summer Leagues and yes he has played Point Guard for The Pacers but mostly Shooting Guard a combo guard.

    PG Lance Stephenson $10 million/Jameer Nelson Veteran Minimum
    SG Kobe Bryant $23 million
    SF Carmelo Anthony $24.5 million
    PF Julius Randle $2.5 million
    C Ekpe Udoh Veteran Minimum

    Maybe even bring Pau Gasol back for the Mid Level Exception

    That team would be great on offense and defense.Lance,Ekpe defensive beasts.

    Kobe,Carmelo,Randle offensive players that will do the scoring and KB can D.

    • Zimmeredge

      Pau will not play with the Mle. It’s 5m dollars. Pau can make 10. If melo is coming no Thomas no stephenson we will go after a veteran who can play d, shoot from three and can play off ball. No dominant ball handling guard.

      • TheZuluNation

        I bet the Lakers would go after Jameer Nelson if Melo signs.

    • AK

      starting lance at pg is the dumbest thing ever , im sure the lakers are gonna push for bledsoe if melo fall threw or thomas if melo signs btw the lakers cant afford both melo and lance why the hell do laker fans particularly have a problem understanding NBA cap??

      • Badazztj12

        Don’t know why people think he is a pg. Its talks more than passing the ball to be a pg.

        • AK

          hes not even a passer LOL and he switchs off between the 2 and the 3 he isnt a pg at all, it would be turnover central if he played the 1.

          • TheZuluNation

            He can be listed as the 1 but it doesn’t necessarily mean he has to handle the ball.

  • TheTruthKills

    I doubt Mitch is willing to pay Lance what he wants.

    • Badazztj12

      Its only 12 mil for 4 years. Melo contract is taking up whole cap

      • LakersOverEverything

        Wish melo would take 19-20$. I haven’t really tested the math, but I think we could offer lance 8-9mil then. I think he would accept 8mil in Cali with kobe and melo

  • Alex

    The only way The Lakers can get Carmelo Anthony and one other star player with him is if The Lakers trade Steve Nash and draft picks/assets or stretch Steve Nash over 3 years also you can stretch Steve Nash over 5 years that adds $7 to $8 million in salary cap space and Mitch must move with getting rid of Nash as the longer Nash sticks around the further away we are from actually landing a superstar and if Mitch can’t be stupid enough to think Nash will contribute and put us over the top for a titel if so he needs to take crazy pills as we all know Nash is DONE and he needs to be forced to retire by a doctor oh but he won’t be since he played 10 games that freaking retarded.Seriously Nash needs to be jettisoned.Or else this will not happen where you get the superstars in The Lakers Family.Last i checked we need to get rid of the salary of Steve Nash to get additional help other than just Carmelo if you want Pau back then dump Nash.If you want multiple stars dump Steve Nash stretch provision says hi Mitch.

    • AK

      what draft picks? and who wants the old geyser? IF ONLY it can be so simple..

    • Thomas Klein

      Salary cap is 62.3 mill, Kobe is taking up 23, Melo will be 21, Randle is 3, Marshall and Sacre together is 2, thats 49 Million, if we stretch provision Nash, thats 3.3 mill or 52.3 total, so we have 10 million to sign one other good player and then use our 5.3 mill mid level exception for another. We can then resign any of our F/A we want even though were over the cap. It makes sense to use that 10 mill on Thomas, or Bledsloe if we sign Anthony as Stevenson plays the same position as Kobe or Anthony. We also have the bi annual exception as well, about 2.2 million.

      • VillainKing

        Please NO Marshall I rather have Kane!!

        • Kenneth Simkins

          Id want to keep Marshall too and not sign Thomas!

      • Kenneth Simkins

        Maybe Kane too! I hear when he played smart he out played him!

  • CORKY CARROLL

    A Plan B starting line up of
    PG…. Bledsoe or Thomas
    SG…. Kobe
    SF….. Lance Stephenson
    PF…… Randle
    C…… Pau
    would NOT be all that bad. Actually it would be pretty dam good if you ask me, although nobody did….hahaha. We got some interesting rookies in the summer league right now too. I think we can afford this team, it has young talent to go with the vets, and has lots of future possibilities written all over it. It’s 1PM in NYC at this moment, what’s Melo waiting for?

    • Badazztj12

      I like it because there will be nights where Lance have to defend the fastest SG/SF

      • comrade24

        We would have good perimeter defense which was our main issue last season. Pau still averaged like 1.5 blocks last season, the main problem was guards getting into the lane and forcing pau to rotate. He’s not as quick as he once was but his one on one defense is not so bad

        • Badazztj12

          If they could happen we would at least be a top 13 defense. Top 10 at best

    • rival

      I like it, I would add maybe trying to go after whatever sf is cheapest, like ariza Deng parson if possible.

      • Badazztj12

        Wesley would be a cheap backup

        • Redemption Rain

          LOL Please not him =_= anything but him…..can’t shoot, inconsistent at defense…..watching him play last year was an eye sore.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea I know he is inconsistent, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a back small forward. We don’t have many options left if any

          • Redemption Rain

            He plays the 3 right? Because Young plays the 3 and I think Bazemore can play the 2 from the bench. Only way Wesley comes is if we have no choice because some team stole Young or Bazemore from us. Idk I think he is either a 3 or a 4.

  • Tune

    If we can’t get Melo, Lance is definitely an answer. Move Kobe to SF and keep Lance at SG.

  • Adri Sajjad

    I would trade not trade nash for lane stephenson i got feeling that nash will come back

    • Badazztj12

      are you serious?

    • rival

      Huh? Your an idiot bro.

  • Allan

    I’m confused , How can we lure free agents if we don’t even have a coach??

  • KobeScrewedUs

    PG- Nash
    SG- Kobe
    SF- Swaggy P
    PF- Randle
    C- Sacre
    Your 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers

    • AK

      yeah i guess having 30 mil in cap space is just for show

      • KobeScrewedUs

        Yup. Mitch saying he was going all in was all for show too. You don’t have to like it, but you’ll have to accept that we won’t be winning anything for a long time.

        • TheZuluNation

          Yeah but they can at least try to compete. With a starting lineup like that, you’re basically saying you don’t give a crap about the team.

        • DOC4DaLakeshow

          He also said only for difference makers….for some reason they think they are still a big splash team…im sorry but the kobe 2 year window may be unrealistic

    • Redemption Rain

      I am laughing that you put Nash as a starter LOL. Dude won’t last long, better find a starting point guard.

  • TheTruthKills

    Windhorst says Bosh talked to LeBron and has 1 foot out the door in Miami. He’s leaning towards the Rockets max offer.

    • dencio

      Do it Bosh!

  • Richard

    Thanks to all of you for your imput. You guys and gals are really making some great comments pointing out some very important areas that need to be addressed by the players and team. It’s show you really know the NBA and your Lakers. Keep up this good work. Who knows? It just may catch the right persons eye and make a difference

  • Mark

    this is off-topic, but would you guys attempt to flip nash for the troubled larry sanders? i would rather do that than go after roy hibbert, which im seeing some suggest. contrary to popular belief, roy hibbert is not a great defender. all he does isnblock shots, but he is dreadful at pick and roll coverage and teams constantly pull him out of the paint and force him to be switched to another man. larry sanders gets paid less, though he has quite a few years under his belt… either is a gamble, but if we strike out on the big fish i would be open to it. i still think hes a good athletic center in the mold of tyson chandler.

    • Mark

      so possibly, a B lineup (if plan A fails) couldnbe something along the lines of:

      PG: Isaiah Thomas
      SG: Kobe Bryant
      SF: Lance Stephenson (Kobe and Lance would switch this role often)
      PF: Julius Randle
      C: Larry Sanders

      obviously, the lakers may have to include some sweeteners to snag sanders.

      • vdogg

        i’m for it. i think sanders is talented.. just has to stay off the hash.

      • Redemption Rain

        I think Lance is way too short to play SF. Isn’t Kobe taller then Lance? Most SF range at 6-6 to 6-9

    • TheZuluNation

      I like Sanders but his contract tho…
      He signed a 4-year, $44 million extension last summer. Sure the Lakers have cap space but do you really wanna use up a lot of it for Sanders? Hm not sure about that.

      • Badazztj12

        That’s 11 mil (if you do the math) that will hurt our cap space

        • TheZuluNation

          Yup that’s what I’m sayin.’

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I hope the Lakers get Carmelo Anthony this off-season i think we can get him.Now onto Lance Stephenson he is worth signing i guarantee it,i love his intensity and ability on the court he is a tough player and great on defense he is special.All Star talent and he will be great for us.

  • Brandon A. Benitez

    Vomiting uncontrollably because I have to keep watching reruns of Chris Broussard talking about free agency. C’MON MELO YOURE KILLIN ME

  • nash gots to go

    So when is Melo going to fucking make his decision? The fuck is this long wait! My man Steve Blake needs to sign a contract with a team and Melo is holding up them.

  • Lakers Win Rings

    It’s kinda sunny how Lakers Nation went from all LeBron and Carmelo articles to all the B-list players today what’s next the C-list players and the D-list players man the Lakers FO better land Caremlo or LeBron or else they will stank next season.It’s a must to get a superstar or two.These guys LeBron James and Camelo Anthony have been on the Lakers radar for 4 -5 years.We saved cap space for a superstar a max free agent named LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.

  • Deone

    Melo you better decide something by tomorrow or I’m going to sock you foo!

  • Bruce

    Yeah Mitch, just wait on Melo, keep waiting, and just let the rest of the FAs sign with other teams and we might end up not having a back up plan and we will just be like last season, CRAP

  • vinnie chase24

    Lakers starting 5
    Pg-stephenson
    Sg-kobe
    Sf-deng/ariza
    Pf-gasol
    C-monroe/okafor/blatche

    Bench
    Clarkson/marsall
    Bazemore/henry
    N. Young
    Randle
    Sacre
    *Nash has to go if possible
    *Stephenson is the primary ballhandler for pacers during ecf, like a younger version of Ron Harper in his Bull’s days

  • Chris

    Offer Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson, Chandler Parsons & Greg Monroe.

  • freakziilla

    the lakers are gonna get nothing, why the hell are they not doing shit ,,if Carmella wanted to be a laker he would have signed already .. lakers stop screwing around its rebuild time fuck it you aint gonna win another title for 10 years ,,,just saying the facts.

  • James

    I think we need to forget about melo and LeCramp. We already choose our dog to roll with and it’s Kobe. Get some solid pieces in that starting rotation like Isaiah Thomas, lance Stephenson, gasol. Get swaggy P to come off the bench and wait till next year to get our big time free agent. Kobe will be passing the torch on to randle anyway.

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