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With free agency underway, the rumors are starting to circulate about the Los Angeles Lakers and players the team may be interested in. One of those players appears to be Lance Stephenson, according to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard:

The Indiana Pacers have expressed interest in retaining Stephenson after another solid season with the team, but as Broussard reports the two sides are at an “impasse” in contract negotiations.

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With the Pacers and Stephenson struggling to see eye-to-eye on a new deal, teams like the Lakers will have shot to give him their sales pitch. Although the Lakers appear interested in acquiring Stephenson’s services, the storied franchise is putting all efforts into signing LeBron James and or Carmelo Anthony.

Considering the fact that the team is concentrating on locking up the two biggest names on the free agent market, it remains to be seen how serious they are in pursuing Stephenson. The 23-year-old might not be an elite free agent, but it would be safe to say that other teams like the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets might be able to swoop in and sign the versatile guard before the Lakers have a chance to talk to him.
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  • Flip

    Then I guess we should give him 10ml/year ?? I dont know. Stephenson is good, but his attitude worries me a little.

    • Henock G

      He IS a little on the wild side.. But at the end of the day, he comes off as a good guy. If anything he’s full of confidence, which Kobe (and possibly Pau) would love.

      • Flip

        I agree. Personally I would take him immediately if possible. The guy is just 23. However, in that case I guess Randle would have to play 4.

        • Al Haldie

          Why ? LANCE IS a SG//

          • J Taylor

            He’s also a ball handler….
            It wouldn’t surprise me if Mitch brought him in as a PG.
            Between Lance and Kobe the team would be fine.

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          Randle was going to play the 4 anyway. He’s a power forward.

      • Brandon Garland

        A good guy who got into two fights with teammates…

        • Henock G

          Everyone fights. Jordan punched teammates. Kobe fought a few dudes as a youngster. The bottom line is he can be controlled and it would not the first time Kobe & Pau would have to deal with a fiery personality. (Metta World Peace)

    • Tune

      His attitude? You NEED competitive players. People are feeding into the ear blowing and LeBron incident too much like the Richard Sherman incident. Nothing but casual fans or people that don’t even watch sports acting salty.

    • Jim213

      Brooklyn Nets@BrooklynNets
      “The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become the team’s new head coach.”

      • numb1lakefan

        hollins was not even considered as coach because his offense doesnt suit kobe bryant

        • Jim213

          ?! FO was trying to set up a second meeting with him after hearing about the other HC possibilities this past week.

        • nlruizjr

          what offense, he is just the reverse of MD, imo !!!

    • wangkon936

      Well…. CA state taxes are higher than Indiana state taxes so $10M is probably not much different than $8.8M after taxes. I think $12M has to be the number because its after tax is starting to look more meaningful.

      • p1noyako

        You can always refund taxes every year lol

    • Raul

      Lance Stephenson is the next NBA Superstar and if anyone thinks the Lakers shouldn’t sign Lance then they clearly must not watch NBA basketball or maybe just stupid and retarded.If The Lakers FO can get Lance Stephenson it is worthy of a parade and big press conference.His asking price is probably $12 million so if the Lakers pay it they save huge money because his next contract will be for a full max deal no joke.He is only 23 and already a All Star level player and a fast up and comer that reminds me of Paul George and James Harden they made it to the top in a short time.Lance is ready for a huge breakout season.Hurry up sign him.

    • dice

      He will be good in LA… PG-Lance-Kobe-Hill-Gasol… that lineup can compete, not for the title, but can compete for the WC.

  • Henock G

    We should get Lance with or without Lebron and/or Melo!

  • Roy Nakamura

    if gasol is only asking 12 mil.then we should sign him.

    • Roy Nakamura

      2 year deal max!

      • Lucas Torres

        10

  • Lucas Torres

    Sign him and Pau for 10ml/year!

    • wangkon936

      No more than two years.

  • Badazztj12

    I say give him 10 mil max. He is only 23 and young guys always get too emotional but that can be fixed. Media trying to act like its a long term problem.

  • fuck nash man

    sign and trade the lazy bum nash + a pick for lance

    pg: clarkson
    sg: kobe
    sf: lance
    pf: melo
    c: pau

    • Badazztj12

      We are not getting both melo or lance and we haven’t even seen Clarkson play. Also why you have so much confidence in Clarkson(who Is a second rounder) instead of (Top 10 lottery pick) Randle

      • fuck nash man

        that’s the starting line up, unless they sign a starting PG with the Vet. min.
        In order to get Lance and Melo, nash gots to go.

        • comrade24

          no way they’ll get Lance and Melo. that’s kind of an either/or situation. If they miss out on Melo maybe they go for Lance but if they can get Melo they should go after a point guard. Maybe Lowry/Thomas/Bledsoe or Nelson as a last resort.

          • Badazztj12

            I like 3 and D guy with Chalmers

          • comrade24

            6 months ago i would have agreed but he just didn’t show up through the entire playoffs. not a good sign

          • Badazztj12

            The offense didn’t revolve around and Scott will utilize him but am just saying for a last resort

          • comrade24

            yeah i agree i just wouldn’t overpay or sign him to more than a 2 yr deal

    • Phil Bryant

      Fuc nashman u put clarkson as a starter? what are u dim? kendall marshall would start before that guy cmon, dont be a dumb fanboy u make the real laker fans look bad

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I love Marcus Smart as a player we struck out on him since Boston had the guts to draft him instead of us i see this guy Lance Stephenson as a more mature Marcus Smart with upside he is a walking triple double threat and he has heart and he is very competitive and he has the killer instinct to win games at the end.I remember a video where he was a little kid and he challenged the top high school player in the Nation O.J. Mayo one on one to a game of basketball and Lance Stephenson held his own against a older hyped O.J. Mayo.Lance Stephenson is a must for the Lakers he is a All Around Player and this would be a huge steal for the Lakers getting a budding superstar in free agency for $10-$12 million per.

    • VillainKing

      agree of you buddy!!

  • Jimmy

    if he comes we can fix his attitude like metta world peace

    • Al Haldie

      PHIL: is not around to do that..

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Another player flying under the radar is Mario Chalmers he had a bad playoffs and terrible finals but he did win 2 rings with the Heat in the past 4 years.Also he is a pitbull on defense on Point Guards.Mario Chalmers is such a bull on defense every Point Guard hates him with the passion as he is a pest and a ballhawk defender that is relentless and aggressive with his perimeter defense.He will be a decent option at Point Guard if we strike out with Eric Bledsoe,Kyle Lowry it’s a must to have a great defensive Point Guard in the West these days.Under $5 million and i hope we get Mario Chalmers he can nail down 3 pointers and he is a good ball handler and passer.Also he is clutch he makes big shots like Derek Fisher.

    • Lucas Torres

      Agree! Sign Chalmers for min for one year. Give that guy a chance for his redemption in this league.

    • Tune

      Except he makes awful plays in the clutch just as much as he hits a clutch 3. He’s stepped out of bounds too many times in the final minutes of a big game. He also shrinks like this finals or he tries to do too much and hurts his team. If we got Melo I wouldn’t be against signing him for cheap if possible since we’d need a defensive PG that can be a 3 point threat, but he needs to really understand what the teams expects from him.

      • Badazztj12

        But he has never been in a pick and roll type of offense or the post first system when the post player can kick it for him to shot or pump and drive to basket(which he is good at.

        • Tune

          I’m not saying he isn’t capable of being a good role player, but he just needs to not shrink or try to do too much since it’s imperative to the team’s success.

          • Badazztj12

            Trust me the Heat system didn’t revolve around him. He will be utilize by Scott

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yeah i said if The Lakers strike out with the much better options dream scenario is Eric Bledsoe or Kyle Lowry but those guys have many suitors including their own teams and they are expensive even if we can obtain their services.

        As for Chalmers he plays within the team system and i expect tough perimeter defense and some passion and heart hustle maybe around 10 points and a few assists and rebounds to go along with that Bull Headed Horn Defense he plays.Nothing but a decent option he is just a good role player.

        • Tune

          I’d take him if we score LBJ or Melo, or really any type of high scoring forward. Otherwise, I’d rather we aim for a big PG.

        • Mark

          suns have said time and time again that they will match any offer for eric bledsoe so i think he’s untouchable. i would definitely be open to signing both isaiah thomas (kings aren’t as adamant about matching offers for him as the suns are with bledsoe) and mario chalmers, with isaiah getting the starting nod. however, i would give both significant minutes so we could go with a change of pace at the PG position whenever we like.

          a lot of people are underestimating isaiah thomas. that kid is a crazy hard worker and he has a chip on his shoulder. basically, he has played pissed off his entire life because everyone dogs on his height. i would love to have him on the lakers.

    • Mark

      mario chalmers would be a great addition as a backup point guard… however, i wonder if his ego desires a starting position. with all this cap space, i think the lakers want a more productive option at starting pg. i wouldn’t mind having isaiah thomas start at PG and play 30 minutes a game, with chalmers getting another 25-30 minutes a game off the bench.

      • Badazztj12

        We have a better chance at getting him because right now we aren’t looking for pg’s. Chalmers is a starting pg with his defensive which we need at pg and can play off ball on offense. He is not the most fancy passer but he gets the job done

      • nlruizjr

        I think we have yet to see what Clarkson has to offer ???

    • The Question

      I wonder if Chalmers still thinks of himself as a top 10 point guard.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Defensively yes he is a top 5 Point Guard ugh but being hidden in the Miami offense due to LeBron and Dwayne also Bosh taking all the shots and spotlight not so much of a top ten Point Guard.Overall he is a good role player with great defense,he is a bull on defense.Not even close when it comes to top 10 overall Point Guards he is underrated but not top10 in the NBA.

  • Tune

    I hope we can get him, if Meeks got $6mil/yr it makes sense that Lance deserves $10mil/yr at least, 12 at most.

  • sign sum deals

    Ugh. I have a feeling the lakers are sleeping through this free agency period. Wake up lakers!!!!

    • fuck nash man

      Can’t wake the fuck up when we got lazy ass bum Nash playing soccer and leeching $9.7M in cap space. Rather than working out his basketball conditioning to prepare for next season, this fool is playing soccer.

      • Lucas Torres

        nash is done, just trade him for nothing

        • Mark

          at this point i would just waive him via stretch provision. is a $3 million cap hit over 3 years THAT big a deal when we likely aren’t landing any superstar free agents anyway?

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Lol lazy bum? He’s been broken, not lazy. Returning with those issues takes hard work. Not sure why you hate the man so much.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Most of the players/teams that plan on spending money are waiting on the big name “Plan A” players. Once the first dominoes fall, everything else will as well.

  • Mark

    oh my goodness, if we acquired lance stephenson i’d be ECSTATIC. he’s a perfect fit for small forward. the dude plays way bigger than his actual height! we’re talking about a guy who can come to the lakers and realistically put up a stat line of 18 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 7 assists per game and 2 steals per game! and again… about being undersized, i’m shocked no one realizes that throughout history, the players who have had the most success guarding superstars are the smaller guys with a lower center of gravity. why? matching superstar wing players with size has failed time and time again because OBVIOUSLY they will have an athleticism advantage! you don’t want to throw a 6’8-6’9″ defender on kevin durant and lebron james… they will blow right by them! teams had no choice but to also put smaller, quicker defenders against the goat michael jordan to try to “get under him” because there was no way a guy his size would keep up. who was the defender who smothered kevin durant in the playoffs? 6’4″ tony allen! lance stephenson is not undersized for a small forward. trust me.

    at 23 years old and probably half the price of melo, you better believe i want lance stephenson. he will be a steal for our team. he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential yet, and with past enigmas like metta world peace and lamar odom, i think we would be able to channel his fiery attitude into something positive.

    • cyborgspider

      You’ve written the Best Post for this thread. But I may add, and Mitch alluded to this earlier this week, Kobe will play some SF as well. So maybe Kobe “starts” at SF or is technically the SF, but Lance guards the other team’s best wing player. SF, SG, whatever, it’s a wing position, interchangeable, so Lance is fine.

    • DKWTTY

      True but he is so immature. He parties a lot, does stupid things a lot but it is true you can’t deny his talent. I’d be cautious on him though.

      • Chrmngblly

        I am cautious with you, too….:-)

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Jordan was 6’6…not a big guy at all..

      • rival

        6’6 is not big lol. You’re always going to be bigger than the guy smaller than you. I remember smaller guys like starks playing good D against Jordan

  • fuck nash man

    Sam Amico @SamAmicoFSO about 9 minutes ago
    “Heat’s Chris Bosh actually seeking deal worth $16-18 million per, source says. Hearing 5 years/$90 million, but told deal not done.”

    So I take it Bosh saw Gortat got $12M/year and took it back his offer to get $11m/year

    • Jim213

      Marc J. Spears@SpearsNBAYahoo
      “The Jazz and Lakers free agent guard Kent Bazemore’s camp have had some preliminary contract talks, a source said.”

  • jeremy

    dude want over 44 mill i dont think so. he good but dont think he worth it

    • cyborgspider

      How about per year? Lakers can offer four max, Pacers five.

  • KB8

    If we can’t get Melo, I would say sign Lance for 10 mill, resign Pau for 10. That leaves us with 8 mill to sign players. Resign Jordan Hill possibly for 4 mill. Leaves us with 4 mill to fill up our bench. I think we would be able to get some quality role players with that much. If we could trade Nash along with our second round pick and possibly Sacre, we would have at least 6+mill to spend more.

    • jeremy

      why trade scare he a cheap center who has some upside.if scott the coach dude knows how to use big man and i bet scott could help sacre improve. where can we get another cheap center no where. unless lakers sign a rookie center.

      • Badazztj12

        Scott isn’t known for improving big men. He does pg’s. Hollins does big men

        • jeremy

          ok maybe he doesnt improve big man but he does use big man well. since his best teams came with good big man martin and chandler. i just think at sacre price lakers wouldnt be smart to trade him. since you have a hard time finding a guy like him for his price

          • Badazztj12

            True but we have to find out when season starts

      • KB8

        Scott knows how to improve guards, not big men. Examples: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving.

  • jeremy

    so from what i read no one want farmar back even as a back up? dude loves LA so he could be had at a low price

    • Spade

      Farmar never became the franchise point guard he was supposed to be. He always played below his ceiling, even as a backup.

      • Badazztj12

        but he did improve overseas and right now he can light up a defense off the bench

    • cyborgspider

      Jordan’s a tier 3 free agent. Melo and Lebron signed or passed? Ok, let’s get the next crop (Lowry, Lance, Deng, etc). Alright, we done spending the money for those dudes? Let’s fill out the roster with minimums. Oh hey Jordan, you wanna be a backup PG? I mean, you were injured half the time last year, but yeah, we like you. How’s 2 mill for two years sound?

  • Mark

    anyone else here interested in spencer hawes as well? he’s much younger than pau and likely comes slightly cheaper than him. at this point in their careers, spencer is a better defender and just as capable rebounder per 48 minutes as pau. he is also a great floor spacing big and a good passer with a high IQ. i could imagine him and julius randle building a great rapport together on the front line. imo, if we strike out on the big free agents (which is likely), i would be very happy if we had a team similar to this (considering all FA possibilities):

    PG: isaiah thomas, mario chalmers, kendall marshall

    SG: kobe bryant, kent bazemore (we could still sign him), deandre kane (d-league call-up)

    SF: lance stephenson, nick young, xavier henry

    PF: julius randle, ryan kelly

    C: spencer hawes, ed davis (RFA; could be a cheaper jordan hill replacement), robert sacre

    • Mark

      forgot about jordan clarkson, my bad!

      (purposely forgot about steve nash lol)

      • Chrmngblly

        What if Nash is healthy?

    • jeremy

      that wouldnt be such a bad line up but i still think farmar should come back.

      • Mark

        true, i like farmar. he’s an LA kid. he’s just so injury-prone though. dude seems to have chronic hamstring issues =(.

        • jeremy

          well didnt everyone have injures last season and with the way the PGs kept getting hurt who knows if was rushing back to help the lakers.

          • Mark

            lol true. d’antoni’s an effing dark cloud man.

      • Mark

        and yeah, about the lineup, we gotta keep it realistic too. i think this is very attainable and a team that could compete in the playoffs. as far as a championship contender though… that could take a few years lol.

    • Guest

      If we can get Lance, we could still have enough much to resign Pau

    • hawes is weak

      No. He sucks at rebounding and cant play d. Hawes is a weak center.

      • Mark

        he averaged 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game playing 30 minutes a game… that’s pretty good. you also have to consider that julius randle is a rebounding monster, and assuming we could acquire lance stephenson, so is he.

        you’re forgetting that we don’t have that many options right now lol. would i want someone better than hawes? of course! but we have to look at the market. is there anyone really better than spencer when it comes to production per dollar? or would you wanna sign up for another 2 years of lakers fans clowning and disrespecting pau? pau will command a bigger contract than spencer, which i’m not too hot about to be honest.

        • jeremy

          the best or one of the best centers just resign with the wiz. but the market for centers is weak. you have like 5 good ones and the rest mostly back ups. lakers cant trade for one really so they need to sign one. so lakers and us fans cant be picky

        • hawes is ok…

          I like ed davis in your lineup but im just not that big on hawes. Sure if pau left and there are no other centers to sign, i would be fine with him

          • Mark

            that’s fine, as fans we don’t always have to agree, thanks for the input though!

          • Mark

            but yeah, we could certainly do worse than spencer hawes. i mean, the thunder have been starting kendrick perkins’ scowling ass for 200 years lol.

        • Badazztj12

          I would consider him if we cant get Gasol back

    • wardrobe99

      we could get ed davis for about 2.5/3 easy and he has d he played good when he was in toronto the grizz didnt use him deandre kane is going to surprise everyone i like spencer hawes but i would rather have monroe lance or ariza is priorty we need d on the wing even a vet that has some d would work

    • Cameron Jackson

      Not a fan of this line up without Gasol. I dont mind Lance but he needs the ball to be effective.
      Jameer Nelson-PG (wont cost LA much in cap space)
      Kobe-SG, (24pts 5rebs 7ast)
      Melo-SF (23pts 6rebs 4ast)
      Julius Randle-PF (12pts 9rebs)
      Pau-C (15pts 9rebs)

      This will be our starting squad.

  • Spade

    Lance is good, but we need a veteran to keep him in line. Is Kobe down to babysit Lance?

    • jeremy

      kobe had artest and he far worst then lance. so i think kobe can handle him

      • Spade

        Good point lol

  • Doug Fuller

    I like Lance. And I think it makes more sense than Melo anyway pacers offered 8.8 mil,so if we offer him 9.5 that’s $700 thousand more and a chance to be a golden boy and we still have 14 million to spend BEFORE we clear up another 10 mil AFTER nash is gone for another 10 million dollar guy next year. You see that’s more efficient. 3 rock solid players added to Batman and Robin (Kobe/Randall). With some cash left for guys like kendal marshal and other bench members.. That’s how you do it.

  • jeremy

    if lakers get lance where would he play kobe has SG and is lance big enough for SF he only 6’5. unless kobe moves to SF im not sure where his mins would come from

    • Mark

      i posted this earlier so i’ll copy and paste. i think lance is more than capable of playing SF:

      oh my goodness, if we acquired lance stephenson i’d be ECSTATIC. he’s a perfect fit for small forward. the dude plays way bigger than his actual height! we’re talking about a guy who can come to the lakers and realistically put up a stat line of 18 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 7 assists per game and 2 steals per game! and again… about being undersized, i’m shocked no one realizes that throughout history, the players who have had the most success guarding superstars are the smaller guys with a lower center of gravity. why? matching superstar wing players with size has failed time and time again because OBVIOUSLY they will have an athleticism advantage! you don’t want to throw a 6’8-6’9″ defender on kevin durant and lebron james… they will blow right by them! teams had no choice but to also put smaller, quicker defenders against the goat michael jordan to try to “get under him” because there was no way a guy his size would keep up. who was the defender who smothered kevin durant in the playoffs? 6’4″ tony allen! lance stephenson is not undersized for a small forward. trust me.

      at 23 years old and probably half the price of melo, you better believe i want lance stephenson. he will be a steal for our team. he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential yet, and with past enigmas like metta world peace and lamar odom, i think we would be able to channel his fiery attitude into something positive.

      • jeremy

        idk because their are some big SF he would need to guard, like melo,james,KD wiggins etc.. idk if he can handle it.

        • Mark

          i wouldn’t put it above him though. despite being 6′ 5″, he’s very strong, has a long wingspan and big hands… great physical tools for defense.

      • BULL

        I know your thinking positive but your looking at Small Fwrds like Durant, Parsons, that our pure jump shooters. James had his way with Lance, and for those that are saying Lance put up a good fight, hahaha sorry give that up.. James, Melo, George, Hayward and that’s just to name a few will post his little ass up .. and trust me as soon as Durant start posting up , you can chalk Tony Allen and whoever else that’s 6 5 and under up as BBQ chicken

      • Badazztj12

        You made very good points, I cant do nothing but agree

    • BULL

      I think Kobe would move to that 3 smh.. damn lol

      • Mark

        both kobe and lance could rotate depending on matchups. for instance, if we play the warriors, i’d imagine lance moving to SG and D’ing up klay thompson while kobe plays his phantom defense on andre iguodala, giving him lots of space a la rondo and westbrook haha.

        • BULL

          yes u right about that but he stands no chance against the big physical taller small frwds

          • Mark

            well true, but i think people also overemphasize individual defense. defense is a team effort. a lot of laker fans are really high on luol deng and saying lance is too small for SF and he’ll get destroyed, all that stuff… but has anyone realized lebron james has averaged like 32 points per game the last 10+ games against chicago? lol. so is anyone TRULY going to slow down the superstars?

          • BULL

            and that’s what I mean.. you don’t no have a center that block shots, nor do you have a young kobe that can help double team.. I mean our defense will be more of a smothering defense unless we are able to get Ariza .. I do not know why people are forgetting about this man..

          • Mark

            i would like ariza as well, but i’m worried about his age and the fact that this is the second time he overproduced in a “contract year”. ariza is likely to be no better than what he just produced, while lance is on his way to stardom. lance is also a smothering defender in his own right.

            as far as not having a center to block shots… well, that’s the enigma of a rebuilding team haha. we can’t address everything in one offseason. that’s a bit unrealistic =(. i’ve learned to temper my expectations the last few years. this will be a 2-3 year project imo.

          • BULL

            Ariza had a very good post season. Very good and not to mention the defense he did on James and Durant this year I like him.. its crazy because isn’t James and Ariza the same age? he can knoc down the three, go to the whole and defend.. and he will come Cheap!

          • Mark

            well i didn’t mean ariza was too old lol. he’s definitely not old… but he is at that age where players likely won’t improve much anymore, and he’s also starting to reach age 30 where most players will regress from then on. if we sign ariza to a short deal, i’m all for it.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah…If we strike out on LBJ and Melo, I would rather go young with Parsons—or just let Kobe and Young and Bazemore handle it. Put X or Swaggy on the 2.

          • Mark

            p.s. i know luol was on the cavs last, but talking about his chicago days as well

    • wardrobe99

      if he can gaurd labron he can gaurd about anyone

  • Mark

    imagine a practice 1-on-1 session between kobe and lance. LOL!

  • Marcus Franco

    Can Lance play as a PG ? I mean, I’ve seen some of his box score and he’s been pretty well as a play maker with at least 6 or 7 assist.. Do you guys think Kobe and Lance could take care of guard position ?

    • BULL

      yes .. that’s how im picturing it
      Lance
      Kobe
      Ariza
      Randal
      Gasol.. .. I mean why not???? its perfect

      • jeremy

        if lakers want to be a more defense team and not a team with a true PG sure why not try him at PG heck magic play a more SG at PG i would trust him more at PG then SF just because he only 6’5

      • Marcus Franco

        That would be great, I would only switch ariza to Parsons.. Thinking about I do think lance could do a good job

        • Mark

          parsons would be legit on our team.

        • BULL

          we really cant afford both tho..
          its either Lance or Parsons

          • Marcus Franco

            Yeah I forgot about that.. Ariza won’t cheap as well.

        • Mark

          but… we can only land parsons if houston lands melo. they’re re-signing him in a heartbeat if they strike out on the big fish, which is highly likely.

          • BULL

            exactly

        • sign deng

          Nah. Switch ariza with deng.

          • BULL

            either one fellas either one lol

          • Marcus Franco

            I thought Parsons because he is the youngest among them and he’s been great over the past two years, I think he can develop to a better player than he is.

      • Chrmngblly

        I love Ariza—but I think his time has passed. I favor Parsons—if we can get him.

  • BULL

    we need to get Lance and Ariza .. make this happen asap then we can re sign young, farmar, Gasol and wesely

  • Laker Fanatic

    My free agent priorities if i’m the Lakers 1)Eric Bledsoe or Kyle Lowry 2) Lance Stephenson or Trevor Ariza 3) Gasol and/or Jordan Hill 4) Loul Deng or Gordon Hayward. Obviously they don’t get all of the 4 options but if you get 2 of the 4 you can then start to fill out the bench with players already on the roster or whoever else is still a FA. Lakers will compete this year, if only they had that 9 mil in cap room going to that blackhole known as Steve Nash. Jeanie should cut him a $9 mil under the table to retire, or find a way to restructure his deal and bring him on as an assistant so he can actually start helping the team.

    • BULL

      PG (ERIC BLEDSOE OR LANCE)
      SF (ARIZA OR DENG)
      then I would resign Gasol, Farmar, Young, X and Wesly
      and you are right with 9 mill off the books, that would give us around 33mill of sal cap to work with .. I like our chances..

      • jeremy

        i dont like wes he too streaky for me. he like nate Robinson he has his good and bad moments

        • BULL

          but if can get him again for a mill or under to come off the bench and actually learn from an Ariza or Deng it will be justified. def proved from last year he can play comin off the bench.. him Young, Farmar, Kelly, Clarkson, Sacre and who ever else would be a nice bench

          • jeremy

            i just dont know it hard for me to trust him. i think lakers would be better off without him

          • Badazztj12

            I would rather put X at SF

          • BULL

            X would be nice backing up Kobe.. I would like that and if Young do not return I can see that happening

  • sign deng

    Sign deng

    • BULL

      impact players first than role players

  • Javon Newton

    We need to get sombody its be to quiet in la

  • Javon Newton

    Been

  • big game james

    Did we all forget about evan turner? He could play sf and sg. He would be a great addition to the team.

    • dencio

      I agree. He got devalued by being buried in that Indy bench.

  • independentbynature

    Right now,it looks like the Lakers will snooze and lose.LeBron is not coming.Melo most likely isn’t either.

  • Lucas Torres

    I want Lance more than Melo. Much More!

    • BULL

      here here

    • CriticalLakers

      Absolutely! 23 year old Lance with huge potential or 30 year slow volume shooter that demands twice as much money…kind of a brainer to me. I would like Lowry and Lance. Can get both for the price of a Melodrama.

  • joe23

    Tired of this rumors men.
    Can we here some real deal too.

  • joe23

    hear*

  • RealisticLakerFan

    Please sign lance. He can play D and that’s what we need with all these fast pgs in the west. . Could then move over back to SG when kobe is on the bench or if we finally develop a good pg

    • TheZuluNation

      Put Kobe at SF.

      • RealisticLakerFan

        That could work too.. but we still a good pg then

        • TheZuluNation

          Sucks that Lowry is now off the market. I think Stephenson and Ariza should be our targets – well Stephenson mainly.

  • TheZuluNation

    I think 10 mil per year is enough for Lance. If he’s asking for more than that, he’s crazy.

  • Monix

    We should focus on going young if the Lebron Melo pipedream doesn’t happen.
    Guys like Lance, Bledsoe, Parsons should be considered, not over-the-hill stopgaps like Boozer unless we strike out on the stars and the young guys worth investing in.

  • independentbynature

    The Pacers have offered him 44 mil/4yrs. I can’t see the Lakers topping that.

    • TheZuluNation

      5 yrs instead of 4. I think the Lakers could match that.

      • independentbynature

        My bad.I was confusing it with Lowry’s 4yr. offer of 48 mil.

        • TheZuluNation

          All good bro.

      • Bruce

        No way, he don’t deserve that kind of a raise in just 1 year playing in the league. He hasn’t proved anything yet, just a 1 year wonder so far, didn’t really break out like Lowry did in Toronto. Let other teams over pay him, we can pass.

        • TheZuluNation

          It’s definitely a gamble no doubt, but I think if you’re the Lakers you’d only do this based off potential. You can tell Lance has a killer instinct about him and truly is a competitor. He’s also a bit of a headcase, but I think w/ the Lakers that can be fixed REAL quick.

    • BULL

      We have 24 mill, if melo a no I think he will take that from us .. I think indi was a bad thing for him.. 12 for 4 years would be good leave us with 12 left to add others and that’s not including what we would have if nash is cut

      • independentbynature

        I’m not sure he’s worth that much,but we are soon going to run out of options.

  • RealisticLakerFan

    Anyone have any idea if he wants more per year or is set on a 5 year deal?

    I ask because with a guy like this it’s a gamble to go long term… never know if he will just snap one day haha.

    I’d be happy to see us give him a 3 year deal at like 10 or 10.5 with an option for 4. Also an increasing payout would be nice.. like 8 this year 10 the next then 12 in the 3rd year… something along those lines so we don’t eat up all the cap

  • numb1lakefan

    lances agent wants a deal with the lakers but first lakers are chasing melo then lebron next

    • BULL

      I REALLY DO NOT THINK THE LAKERS ARE CHASING LEBRON .. THATS JUST TALK .. MELO YES, TIES TO KOBE, BUT LEBRON NO.. ESPECIALLY SINCE BOSH AND WADE ARE NOW TAKING PAY CUTS.. W.E THE LAKERS ARE DOING THEY NEED TO HURRY UP .. WE NEED LANCE, OR BLEDSOE..

      • numb1lakefan

        As a strong insider we have a chance to land lebron and melo as reports say.melo will be here tomorrow and lakers will go gaga with the lebron pitch

  • Clifford Paul

    Avoid this guy like the plague. He is a cancer to any team he will be on.

    • Kuro1

      +100%

    • LakerDev

      I disagree. With the right kind of vet leaders, he will be fine. The Pacers were mentally weak, and it showed in POs. The only guys that showed heart in the Heat/Pacer series were West and Lance.

      • Bruce

        I don’t know, both Stephenson and Kobe are too much alike personality wise, both won’t back down, Stephenson might end up challenging Kobe’s authority, and hurt the team’s chemistry.

  • stay pau

    Evan turner anyone?

    • Clifford Paul

      Hell no.

    • BULL

      HONESTLY IDK LOL GOOD ONE THO .. BUT I THINK HE WAS IN A BAD SITUATION IN INDI .. MIGHT CHANGE HERE

    • CriticalLakers

      I was just thinking the samething. Turner needs to come to Lakers. Lakers can help refine and humble this young man.

  • wardrobe99

    this will be a good team and it gives us pieces for trade next season.starting line up
    pg.thomas/6mil
    sg.kobe/23mil
    sf.Ariza/6.5mil
    pf.Monroe/10mil
    c.Gasol/10mil
    bench
    pg.Clarkson/.8
    sg.Tuner/3mil/ kane/.6
    sf.granger/2.5mil/marion/3
    pf.Randle/3mil/Ed davis/2
    kelly/1mill
    c.Sacre/1mill/bynum/2mill
    thats with us waiving nash
    adds up about 73/74mil we could pay the tax we can take some of that down with a minor move here and there.

    • wardrobe99

      i like monroe he is a great piece for us to trade for love/klay thompson other players that could be a good foundation for the future of the lakers.

  • Skept11

    Why worry bout his attitude? L.A. needs attitude! Attitude to intimidate opponents not his teammates. I see Lance as young Dennis Rodman or MWP. At the end of the day, his performance & numbers in the court is all that will truly count.

    • LakerDev

      I agree. The Lakers need guys with attitude (especially on D), plus this dude can ball, can facilitate, rebound, score, and is competitive.

    • Bruce

      I hope you guys followed this nut case in the past, I recall a while ago in the playoffs he had a scuffle with Paul George and also in some instances were arguing with his teammates. I don’t like Stephenson at all, especially when you have Kobe, things can get pretty ugly.

  • CriticalLakers

    Lowry PG
    Lance SG
    Kobe SF
    Randle PF
    Gasol or Monroe C

    I think this line is worthy for a playoff push.

    • Bruce

      You can take Lowry off the list now, resign with Raptors 4 year $48 mil, that’s way more than the Lakers can offer him.

      • CriticalLakers

        Damn maybe Isiah than, even though i think hes to small. Thank you for the update Bruce

  • rajap

    Lance is not a bad idea since he hasn’t even hit his prime yet. The attitude can easily be adjusted.

    • CriticalLakers

      I would agree Lance’s upside is worth his immaturity and i really hope the Lakers get this young man.

  • SirHambone

    He is wild but truly effective! A little training from the best (Kobe of course) and this lineup would be awesome!
    Stephenson
    Bryant
    Carmelo
    Randle
    Monroe/Gasol

    • Clarkkent113

      That lineup would be impossible. You’d have to let Gasol walk. I’m with you in spirit though, I really want us to sign Stevenson. Hell, if we miss out on Melo I wouldn’t even be that bummed if we grabbed Stevenson + Monroe or Stevenson + Bledsoe.

    • Bruce

      You cannot have Stephenson, Melo, Monroe, and Gasol on the same team LOL!! numbers don’t add up, way over cap. Best scenario, we sign Melo, resign Gasol, and maybe maybe bring back Nick Young, and the rest are role players on 1-2 year deals.

      • SirHambone

        That is Monroe or Gasol. I believe that is attainable. Would rather have Monroe. Kind of Tired of Gasols weak play. He is good but we need somebody new in the paint with Randle.

  • Bruce

    He just turned down almost 9 mil per season for 5 years, he does not deserve more than 10 mil per season. Lakers would be making a mistake signing this nut case. He is an unproven player, maybe a 1 year wonder, and I question his mental state of mind and attitude. This guy will not be a good locker room presence, especially we just drafted Randle, will be a bad influence on him.

    • AK

      I dont know about that he is one of the best defenders in the league and hes offensive game is on point too , he is also only turning 24 so he has a bright future ahead

    • Mark Pope

      Yeah, we don’t need this guy. Plays defense by blowing in a players ear???And he thinks he deserves top-tier FA money for one good year on the Pacers?? I’d rather take a chance on those point guards we invited to summer league than sign this clown.

  • Lakers4Life

    This would be a great pickup for Lakers. Get Lance to play PG, Kobe at 2, LeBron as SF, Melo at PF and Pau at the 5. Of course we’ll get rid of Randle + Nash while we bring in these elite players, then fill up the roster with nice role players.
    Will be a major contender next season!

    • Marty Susman

      What ever you are smoking, I want some

  • Marty Susman

    Lance would be shaped up by Kobe and would be a good get…I noticed Monroe mentioned, he would be good in covering the paint if he could be gotten. Sadly this still leaves the Lakers with a disparately needed REAL point guard. NO team can win in the West without a great point & their are none available.. If the young man from down under could have been a Laker, maybe the team would have had it’s future super star, the way things look now, they don’t….Maybe somehow someway Mitch can get Klay Thompson, maybe send Nash, Gasol (sign trade) plus for Klay… (Not sure how but it would be great move)

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS need to due and sign STEPHENSON for 10 to 10.5Mils now.

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