Nov 27, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) passes the ball while being defended by Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) during the fourth quarter at Time Warner Cable Arena. Pacers won 99-74. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Lance Stephenson to Charlotte

Reports early Wednesday morning surfaced that Lance Stephenson has agreed to sign with the Charlotte Hornets.  Charlotte met with Stephenson in Las Vegas late Tuesday and Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer has reported Lance agreed to a 3 year, $27.5 million dollar contract.  The third year of the contract is a team option.

Lance agreed to a 3 year, $27.5 million dollar contract. The third year of the contract is a team option.

Stephenson was originally offered a 5 year, $44 million dollar contract by the Indiana Pacers after averaging 13.8 ppg and over 4 apg last season in Indy. Lance reportedly felt he was worth more than that, but the market for the shooting guard has not been great after some on-court antics in the playoffs, most famously blowing into LeBron James’ ear in an attempt get into the King’s head.

But Lance was a borderline All-Star last season and the Hornets’ have gambled that they just signed a 23-year old up-and-coming star at a bargain price. This is a low risk, high reward move by Michael Jordan and Rich Cho and fulfills MJs claim that he’d sign another superstar this offseason to team with Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson.

May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (right) gestures towards Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (left) during game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA;  Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Stephenson is a good passer though sometimes a little too flashy, going for the Sportcenter highlight over the easy play. He shoots almost 36% from 3 and as they say with everyone that comes to Charlotte, that could improve as Al Jefferson will constantly command double teams in the post.

Charlotte got Stephenson at slightly more per year than Indiana’s offer with less years guaranteed, and with the way his free agency has dragged out he likely will be playing with a chip on his shoulder as well as playing for his next big contract. It seems the Hornets’ are poised to make a run at a top-4 seed in the Eastern conference next season.

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