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Is Bird promising Stephenson a deal?

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07:21 AM ET 11.08 | While the Pacers enjoy their best NBA start, free-agent-to-be Lance Stephenson is likely to enjoy what's coming his way. Stephenson wants to stay with the Pacers, and his wish could very well come true. Although the Pacers have roughly $60 million in salary committed for the 2014-15 season -- including huge contracts belonging to Paul George and Roy Hibbert -- when Stephenson hits the open market, Indiana can theoretically offer him a deal up to five years. ... Stephenson said that although he and [Larry Bird] have not talked directly about the future, the president has shared encouraging signs with the player. "(Bird) basically says it when he sees me, so I don't think we need to talk about it," Stephenson said, then revealed Bird's message to him: "'You're next.' He'll say stuff like that."

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November 8, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Will They Love You Forever, Bro?

November 8, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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.......we'll see if the wonderful {s} cap screws ANOTHER team for draftng well and now they simply can't keep all their players they've groomed

The CB deal will serve its intended purpose, soon enough. Average salaries across the board will go down!

The only question is whether ALL salaries will go down.....or just the salaries of the guys who are deep on the bench scruffling to get into and stay in the regular rotation.....the #s 8 through 15.

November 8, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Gotta respect the guy, who's EARNING himself a real nice deal.That being said.....we'll see if the wonderful {s} cap screws ANOTHER team for draftng well and now they simply can't keep all their players they've groomed

Indiana has all the options here. If they think he is worth the money than they'll give him what he is worth. If other teams chose to pay him max money than it's that team's loss also because they overpaid a role player. The CBA is doing what it's meant to do.

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November 8, 2013  01:13 PM ET
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that is completely not true-if they think he's a 10 mil player- they CAN'T pay him that or they go into the lux tax penalty.So they can't pay him what they think he's worthall their big contracts are bascially at market value-hibbert, george, west are all making basically what they should benow stephenson is up, and he should be getting his.\but cause there are such monetary penalties- he may not be able to be ratained- in the name of parity ?

Stephenson is a young Tony Allen. Look at what Allen makes... any team can afford that. The other thing is that Indiana already has established stars that dominate the ball so Stephenson won't get the chance to out-price himself.. so yes Larry's saying he's next because he has a price sealing and team can afford... with Indiana in the seat to give him a bit more.

He'll end up being underpaid but eh.. he'll leave a lot of Indiana's business men smiling.

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