Stephenson Goes To Hornets – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have lost their third-leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder from last season.
A person familiar with the contract says shooting guard Lance Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Michael Jordon-led Charlotte Hornets, a package that includes a team option for the third season. Stephenson confirmed the move on Twitter.
The Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract but he chose to sign for fewer years.
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game for the Pacers last season.
Meanwhile, a person with knowledge of the situation tells the AP that the Pacers have agreed to terms with free agent guard Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal to help replace Stephenson. Stuckey averaged 13.9 points last season, his seventh season with the Detroit Pistons.
Also in the NBA:
— The Washington Wizards have announced that they've acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to Emir Preldzic. Blair has appeared in 366 career regular season games over five seasons with San Antonio and Dallas, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.
— The Oklahoma City Thunder say they have signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow, who averaged career-highs of 10.4 points and 2 1/2 rebounds for New Orleans last season. His agent said Morrow accepted a three-year, $10 million package.
— Brandon Rush is back with the Golden State Warriors after accepting a two-year contract. Rush was Golden State's top reserve during the 2011-12 season before tearing the ACL in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer and played just 38 games for the Jazz after returning from the knee injury.
— A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Heat free agent James Jones will be joining LeBron James with the Cavaliers. Jones and the Cavs agreed to terms on a veteran minimum deal for $1.4 million. The 11-year veteran spent the past six years in Miami and shot a career-high 46 percent on 3-pointers in 20 games last season.
— Two people with knowledge of the situation say free agent Anthony Tolliver and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract, with only $400,000 of the second year guaranteed. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games last season with Charlotte, his sixth team in six NBA seasons.