There hasn´t been a lot of teams willing to blow away Lance Stephenson with an offer so far, according to NBA super reporter Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
¨Tough … free agent market for Lance Stephenson, little leverage on Pacers to be found,¨tweeted Woj.
This is in line with some reports and scenarios laid out a few weeks ago by Zach Lowe of Grantland. It always seemed like the most likely outcome would be Stephenson landing back in Indiana.
Some big contracts (for Marcin Gortat, Avery Bradley, and Jodie Meeks) initially made it seem as if some team would inevitably go big to get Lance. And a bunch of smaller moves (signing Damjem Rudez and Shayne Whittington) and rumored interest (in C.J. Miles) have made some fans start to worry that the Pacers would miss out.
But by making a five-year offer and guaranteeing $44 million, the Pacers have set the market. And if there is nobody out there excited to move the needle — especially if teams like the Bulls and Lakers are waiting on such ¨smaller¨ ideas until after LeBron and Melo make their decisions — then the Pacers might be able to bring Lance back even at this seemingly low sum.