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Top 5 Landing Spots For Lance Stephenson

5 Teams That Will Likely Be In the Running For Lance Stephenson This Summer

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It appears that Lance Stephenson's days with the Indiana Pacers are numbered. Some even think it's a foregone conclusion that he'll leave town and sign elsewhere as a free agent. But where?

Here's a look at five realistic landing spots for the 'unique' shooting guard:

5. Indiana Pacers

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5. Indiana Pacers

Larry Bird

There are very few who think that Stephenson will end up back with the Pacers. It seems unlikely he'll re-sign given all the issues in the Indiana locker room, but never say never in the world of sports.

4. Dallas Mavericks

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4. Dallas Mavericks

Mark Cuban

The Mavs are a team you'll see linked to Stephenson, but he really doesn't make too much sense for them. Yes, they've got the money to throw at him. But where does he fit in with Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon?

3. Chicago Bulls

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3. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls, 2014 NBA Draft

Chicago certainly needa a 1A type of player. Stephenson fits the bill in terms of talent, but his 'style' doesn't really mesh with what the Thibodeau-led Bulls do. But if there's a coach who could get him to straighten up and fly right, it's Thibs.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

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2. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Free Agents

You know the Lakers are going to make at least one big move this offseason, and signing Stephenson to play PG/SG could be one of them. But of course there's the whole issue of him gelling with Kobe. While a partnership could work, there are certainly players who would be better fits in L.A. than Stephenson.

1. Charlotte Hornets

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1. Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets

At this moment the Hornets make the most sense for Stephenson, and it's not even close. MJ's team needs scorers and there's also plenty of cap space to bring the talented SG on board. Stephenson could be a star in Charlotte, if he gets his head on straight. The GOAT would be just the person to mentor the 23-year old.