Lance Stephenson Signs With Hornets; Pacers Sign Rodney Stuckey
Thursday Jul 17, 2014 12:00am
Lance Stephenson signes with Hornets
(UNDATED) - Free-agent guard Lance Stephenson will play for the Charlotte Hornets for the next three seasons. His contract is worth $27 million, league sources said. The deal was signed early Wednesday morning after Hornets owner Michael Jordan, general manager Rich Cho, head coach Steve Clifford and associate head coach Patrick Ewing met with Stephenson and his representatives Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The contract, which includes a team option for the final season, ends Stephenson's productive yet volatile four year stay with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers made Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract offer on July 1. But Stephenson, who led the league in triple-doubles, felt the offer undervalued him. The Pacers were unwilling to offer Stephenson a shorter deal, spanning two or three years, sources said. Indiana was also unwilling to increase its offer.
Pacers agree to terms with Rodney Stuckey
(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Pacers have agreed to terms with free agent guard Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the Pacers' interest in Stuckey to replace Lance Stephenson. Stuckey and the Pacers came to the agreement on Wednesday, one day after the Hornets swooped in to land Stephenson. Terms of the deal, which was first reported by USA Today, were not immediately available. Stuckey averaged 13.9 points last season, his seventh with the Detroit Pistons. Stuckey was once viewed as a promising building block for the Pistons, and he averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists in 2009-10. The Pistons had little use for Stuckey after they brought in D.J. Augustin and Jodie Meeks to add to their backcourt.