The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the teams interested in signing free agent Lance Stephenson to an offer sheet after he turned down a five-year, $44 million contract from the Indiana Pacers, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard. Stephenson is seeking a larger salary than the averaged-out $8.8 million Indiana offered, and Los Angeles has the cap space to pitch a significant deal.
Stephenson, 23, is an interesting option for the Lakers. His offensive game is still under development, but he's a great defender and could help the Lakers perimeter problems. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last season
The Pacers drafted Stephenson in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft and have steadily developed him. His shooting percentages have increased each season, and he reached career-highs in points and assists per game in the 2013-2014.
The Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets are also interested in signing Stephenson, according to Broussard. The Lakers haven't made any signings in free agency, Los Angeles has been on hold until their meeting with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, and the possibility they can meet with LeBron James before he makes his decision.