Pacers guard Lance Stephenson has been terrific this season, coming up with three triple-doubles and averaging 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He's an unrestricted free agent this summer and the question will be whether the Pacers can afford to retain him. That's a lot of cash for a guy who always seems to be playing just a bit out of control, but when you look at his development, physical tools, a lack of injury history, and what his skill set is, it's not surprising. Stephenson has been a difference-maker for a team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers are on the books for $65 million next year after Danny Ganger's contract expires if they retain all options on players. so they'd be bumping right up into the luxury tax if Stephenson got that kind of a deal. Will Pacers' ownership be willing to dip in to keep what is clearly a title contender together?
Stephenson set for big free agency payday
CBS Sports | Dec 29