May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) reacts during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets sales pitch to Lance Stephenson

Heading into the NBA free agency period, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were the marquee names everyone was talking about.

So far, the free agency period has been very quiet. Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry are the only big name free agents that have agreed to deals. Carmelo Anthony is touring the NBA, and no one really knows what’s going on with LeBron James. Not even Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, as they have came out and said they don’t even know which way LeBron James is leaning.

Lance Stephenson is among the most prized possessions in free agency, but so far, a lot of teams aren’t making much effort to court Stephenson. The Indiana Pacers reportedly offered Lance Stephenson a 5 year, $44 million dollar contract, which he declined. Lance believes he is worth more money, which might be true, but he might not find a better offer than that.

Other than the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Charlotte Hornets are the only teams that are even interested in Lance Stephenson, for a big time free agent, that’s not a lot of teams. Many are afraid of his off-the-court issues, but I am not one of those people. Lance can ball, and that’s what you’re paying him to do.

A rumor is swirling around Twitter that even the Miami Heat are interested in Lance Stephenson. I am not sure how much truth there is to that statement, but I can almost assure you Lance will not sign with the Heat, unless they offer him a max contract, which the Heat wouldn’t be able to do if they plan on keeping the Big 3 in South Beach.

The Los Angeles Lakers are also very unlikely to sign Lance Stephenson. Could you imagine Lance and Kobe on the same team? There is no way in the world those two could coexist on the same team. No way.

Chicago could be an intriguing destination for Lance Stephenson if the Bulls strike out on Carmelo Anthony. Lance has said money is a priority, but he also wants to play for a contender or at least an up-and-coming team. The Bulls are contenders if Derrick Rose can stay healthy, which is a really really big IF.

Now, we come to the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte’s sales pitch to Lance should be this:

You get to play for the best basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. You can be one of the go-to-players on offense, and you won’t have to surrender to Paul George. You have one of the best centers in the NBA in Al Jefferson, and Kemba Walker is a pretty good point guard as well. We can offer you more money than Indiana, and Charlotte is a better place to live weather wise. In the NBA Draft this year, we drafted Noah Vonleh, who we believe is a future NBA All-Star. P.J. Hairston will be a solid backup for you. A starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson, MKG, McRoberts, and Big Al puts us in immediate contention in a weak Eastern conference. We have shooters in Chris Douglas-Roberts and P.J. Hairston, and we are a young team with a very bright future. You can stay here for the long-haul. Our core players are very young, and have yet to play their best basketball. We can offer you a near max contract, maybe around $14-$15 million a year. So, what do you say Lance Stephenson? Want to be the next Charlotte Hornets star? The city of Charlotte has always adored the Charlotte Hornets, and they will also adore you.

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