Pacers talk future of Lance Stephenson

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) returns to the floor against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) returns to the floor against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The Indiana Pacers had their postseason press conference Monday and one of the main talking points was the future of Lance Stephenson.

The fourth year guard just finished the final year of his rookie contract and is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

Despite his eyebrow raising tactics against LeBron James, Stephenson’s production is undeniable. He averaged slightly under 14 points a game, with 7 rebounds and almost five assists.

Coach Frank Vogel and Larry Bird, president of basketball operations, both see even more potential with their sometimes out of control guard.

“You know, he’s got to make sure he puts it all together. Obviously helping your team win is a part of that,” said Vogel. “We thought that was going to put them there this year. He has the ability to be a multi-year All-Star at some point.”

“You always want it back. You just don’t let talent like that walk away, if you can help it,” Bird said.

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