Unable to come to terms yet with the Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson is now speaking with other clubs including the Boston Celtics.
According to multiple sources, Stephenson’s camp turned down, or at least have to sign, a five-year $44 million deal and as long as he isn’t a Pacer, he remains a hot commodity on the free agent market.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard is responsible for reporting the Celtics’ interest in Stephenson, even after re-signing Avery Bradley to his contract. Boston now has a ton of guards on its roster, but definitely doesn’t have the most talented backcourt.
Stephenson would also bring versatility to a lineup at the small forward spot, especially as a backup ball-handler with Bradley on the court. It would also make it easier to move Jeff Green for less to clear cap-space and move on from one of the more forgettable eras in C’s history.
Cap room is definitely a concern when it comes to bringing in a guy like Lance, but there are ways to make it happen. Boston has a big trade exception they can send to Indiana along with some draft picks and perhaps a Brandon Bass or Green contract. Green would likely have more value to a team that can use some shooting and presence on the offensive-end, though he would still be a drop from Lance.
It is great to hear the Celtics being active in this market considering their financial situation, but they understand the need to gather talent and worry about money later, something the fans definitely appreciate. Even if Boston doesn’t compete at all this year, there will certainly be an entertaining squad at The Garden for the coming season.