May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) reacts during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mavericks eying Lance Stephenson if Rockets match Chandler Parsons' offer


The Dallas Mavericks are in a bit of a standoff with the Houston Rockets over Chandler Parsons. The Mavericks signed Parsons to an offer sheet and the Rockets have 72 hours to match it, but they’ll reportedly wait until the last minute to keep the Mavericks sweating.

If the Rockets match at the last second, the Mavericks will be left scrambling to find a replacement. There are several candidates that have been mentioned, Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza among them, but a new name is possibly creeping into the fold, the Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson,

From ESPN’s Tim MacMahon:

Add Lance Stephenson to the list of the Mavericks’ targets if the Houston Rockets exercise their right to match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet to Chandler Parsons.

Stephenson, who was considered toxic by the Mavs due to his character issues a couple of months ago, is somewhere on the top tier with Trevor Ariza and Luol Deng, a source told ESPNDallas.com. There is not a consensus opinion among the Dallas decision-makers about the rankings of those three unrestricted free agents.

Stephenson is noted for his antics in regards to LeBron James during the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks have had a bit of a success with a player with a similar name known for rubbing James the wrong way, DeShawn Stevenson of the 2011 NBA Championship team.

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