Monday July 7th, 2014

Lance Stephenson is unhappy with the five-year, $44 million contract offer he received from the Indiana Pacers earlier this month, and has been exploring interest from other teams, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly shown interest in bringing Stephenson on if the teams miss out on free agency's major stars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Broussard adds that the Celtics have also shown interest in Stephenson.

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Stephenson would prefer to remain with Indiana, Broussard says, where he averaged career highs with 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive year. However, the swingman believes he is worth more than the Pacers initial offer, although the team has been unwilling so far to extend the controversial star a richer offer.

-Brendan Maloy

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