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Chicago Bulls interested in signing Pacers guard

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It is well known that the Chicago Bulls are very, very interested in luring Carmelo Anthony away from Madison Square Garden in the off-season.

However, the move to bring in Phil Jackson as Team President could be key in keeping the perennial All-Star in New York. 

So with the possibility that they may not be able to land the small forward - despite how much Joakim Noah sweet talks him - The Bulls will have to create a target list that extends beyond Anthony.

And it seems they may already have an interest in one of them, Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

Stephenson is one of the most rare things you can find in basketball any more, a 23-year old guy who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

And according to Jon Greenberg of ESPN, he is a top target.

"Ideally it's Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson," Stephenson said. "In some ways, he's a better Plan A, because he could fit in the salary slot vacated by the amnesty of (Carlos Boozer's final year)"

Greenberg went on to call Stephenson the type of player who would fit into the side with ease, noting that his athletic offensive style coupled with complete hounding on defense makes him perfect for the Bulls and fellow New Yorker, Joakim Noah.

Stephenson was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft - 40th overall - after only one year as a starter with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

He has started every single one of the 66 games he has played in for the Pacers this year and is doing excellently on a strong Indiana side, averaging 14.2 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

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