May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) goes up against the defense of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first quarter in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mavericks Interested in Lance Stephenson

As is to be expected, teams that don´t play professional basketball in the great state of Indiana are also interested in hiring Lance Stephenson.

We have often heard the Lakers mentioned. They are in Los Angeles and badly need to make a splash for their fanbase if (when) they miss out on LeBron and (probably) Carmelo. But the Mavericks have, reportedly, jumped into the fray a bit harder, as they are less delusional than most about their chances of signing one of the bigger names.

Here´s the meat of the report by Chris Broussard of ESPN.

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. The Boston Celtics have also shown interest in Stephenson, according to a source.

Dallas, believing it likely will lose out on both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, will attempt to sign Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks also have Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in their sights, sources said.

But Stephenson has also recently emerged as a target of the Mavericks. A month ago, or even a few weeks ago, Stephenson was not on Dallas’ radar, but over the past few days the Mavericks have registered their interest, according to sources.

Dallas is intrigued by Stephenson’s versatility. He led the NBA in triple-doubles with five last season, and his 7.2 rebounds per game, highest among the league’s guards, could help a Mavericks team that was among the league’s worst in rebounding.

As literate readers will note, the Celtics were also mentioned in the excerpt.

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