A fight between Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson and their trade deadline pick up Evan Turner has damaged the troubled guard's reputation even more than it currently is.
And it looks like his latest transgression will cost him dear, on his next contract.
According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, Stephenson could be set take a hit in free agency when shipping for a new contract.
In the piece, one league executive said the problems that have arisen, that are completely in the public eye, with Stephenson will cut deep into his value on the free-agent market, and that a deal worth $7 million-$8 million per year is more likely to be his range now, instead of the $10m+ he could've commanded as a young, exciting starting point guard
“You hear things, for sure,” one general manager told Sporting News this week. “Stephenson is a guy who has talent, but if you have a young team and you’re building up a culture, you have to consider that before you pursue a guy who might affect your locker room negatively. You have to do your due diligence.
“But that sort of thing is going to affect the market for him, for sure. If a guy has issues, you better know about them and you think twice about going after him.”
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season. Whilst the Pacers have been having their troubles this season, it seems that Stephenson took it upon himself to drag themselves out of it, being the only player that looked like really attacking the opposition when he got the ball, driving into the paint time after time.