Lance Stephenson decided to leave the Indiana Pacers and sign a 3 year $27 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. It was a curious decision by Lance as the Pacers 5 year $44 million offer wasn’t significantly lower, yet Stephenson still chose to leave. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Stephenson wanted a shorter contract because he wants to test the free agent waters soon after he establishes All Star credentials.
There seems to be a hint of jealousy toward Paul George involved, as Stephenson was reportedly insulted by the Pacers offer because he considers himself the best Pacer. Hopefully it will work out for Stephenson, but he will NEVER get a max deal. Lance Stephenson has had too much bad publicity to get a max deal because a max deal player is a face of the franchise, and Lance can’t handle the additional scrutiny that comes with that. Next season is going to be interesting because the Hornets had some success last year, so if it doesn’t continue all eyes will be on Lance because Lance has prioritized his numbers over team success. Lance Stephenson is from New York City and that is what New York City NBA players do historically.
Stephon Marbury had Hall of Fame talent, but never lived up to it. The New York City point guard was in the perfect situation to develop with a young Kevin Garnett, but Kevin Garnett got a $126 million deal, Marbury got jealous and forced a trade. Marbury eventually found success in the CBA, the Chinese Basketball Association. The next example is Mount Vernon’s Ben Gordon, who used to average 20 points coming off the bench for the Chicago Bulls, but he was better than that, so he left to join the Detroit Pistons, never to be heard from again. The Orlando Magic just signed him to a 2 year $9 million deal, that says it all. Hopefully the Pacers will stay away from NYC players after this because Ron Artest’s tenure in Indiana didn’t end amicably as the Pacer’s were forced to trade him per his request. This request came after he returned from ‘The Brawl‘ suspension, so obviously he didn’t think about the situation at all. Is it just a coincidence that these stories are similar and they are all from the same place? Maybe there is something about New York City. They say if you make it in New York then you can make it anywhere , I guess that doesn’t apply to basketball.
14 year old Lance goes at O.J. Mayo at ABCD Camp