born ready stats
8 pts 8 assists 9 rebounds with 1 to and 3 pfs in 19 min. Last foul was useless
He's going against a very good defensive team in memphis with conley allen prince and gasol
Just nailed a three, two more assists and he has a triple-double. 11 points 11 rebounds and 8 assists
Am I the only one who doesn't like his nickname? I'd much rather call him Lance.
Anyway, good for him. It's nice to see him put together a complete game. He's been more consistent this year, which is what he needed. I don't quite feel like I have to cover my eyes when he has the ball anymore.
I like the nickname, I just don't think it suits him anymore. Maybe as a teenage phenom but not right now. Mainly because "Born Ready" was anything but when he reached college and the NBA.
I can't help but feel this is a double-edged sword for the Pacers...
Yeah, you found Lance in the second round when so many teams passed on him and you developed him into a great player. Unfortunately his 2nd round contract expires after this year, they are going to be at 65 million committed and that's WITH Granger expiring. We've seen the collective bargaining already bust some great teams up can the Pacers afford Lance next summer?
he's already verbally committed and said he'll do what it takes to re-sign, citing his relationship with larry bird as a major reason.
That's what they all say until the time comes to make the choice.
Money talks, players walk.
That's what happens when you give George Hill a 5yr/40mil contract and a 32 year old West a 3yr/36mil.
George Hill's contract surprised me. Despite his play with San Antonio, especially when Tony Parker was injured, I didn't think he deserved that much.
I didn't mind David West's contract though. I felt he deserved it. Coming off of his ACL tear, he had better offers on the table in 2011, but accepted a two year deal with the Pacers. He played 66/66 games in 2011/2012 and 73/82 games in 2012/2013. He's THE leader on the team and he changed the culture. He's 33, but there aren't too many players who take care of his body like he does and his game really isn't based on athleticism. He's very skilled.
West's numbers aren't going to blow anyone away, but he's a big men who consistently shoots 45-50% from mid-range, gives you 7-8 rebounds and plays both ends of the floor. Plus he's tough as sh*t.
West is a terrific player, there's no doubting that at all. He is the leader on this team and that's unquestioned. I just think he deserved something along the lines of a 3yr/28m (ish). Especially since the Pacers knew they'd be in a tough situation with PGs extension and with all the money they already owe. 3yr/28m with less money each year would have been perfect because they would have some wiggle room.
I don't think they really thought Stephenson would improve this much though. I don't think anybody saw it coming.
Lance will resign. Indy is a good spot for him to thrive and he has a strong relationship with PG.
Yeah he loves Indy. He could go elsewhere for big money, Like Lakers, Phoenix or Boston. But i cant see it. Him and PG play great together
I couldn't believe a recent espn article ranked him as the 30th best free agent this coming off season! He is still very young, improving, with a ton of basketball skill and athleticism... what team wouldn't want him over some older, declining player? I think it could be tough for Indiana to match the highest offers on him.
The Pacers might have to waive Luis Scola, who's contract is only $941K guaranteed next season, in order to open up a little more money to get Lance re-signed.
If Copeland fails to crack the rotation, they could trade him for 2nd round pick or something and that would free up 3.5mil.
Yea, that'd be a MUCH better idea. So far Copeland hasn't been able to crack the rotation at the the four or the three.
IF the luxury tax threshold is around $72 million, the Pacers should definitely be able to get Lance re-signed without going over it.