Pacers and Lance Stephenson contract talks at standstill 

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Larry Bird stayed true to his word and began free agency by looking to lock up free agent Lance Stephenson. However, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, things didn't go as smoothly as Bird and the Indiana Pacers hoped.

Broussard reported that Stephenson was not satisfied with the five-year 44-million-dollar contract offered by the Pacers.

"Lance and his representatives aren't sure they're going to be able to reach an agreement with the Pacers," a source said. "It's clear they want him back and he wanted to go back, but they may not be able to come to terms."

Despite not being happy with the deal offered, Stephenson's agent told the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner that his ideal scenario would be returning to the Pacers.

"The more I describe what he's looking for, the more that the picture perfect next place for him is right where he is right now," said Stephenson's agent Alberto Ebanks. "It's just a matter of can we can come to terms with the Pacers."

Broussard also reported that the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Charlotte Hornets are all interested in the 23-year old shooting guard.

In other Pacer's free agency news, the team has come to an agreement on a three-year deal with European forward Damjan Rudez, as reported by Yahoo Sports.The team has also come to terms on a four-year deal with guard C.J. Miles, according to CBS Sports. All agreements so far are only verbal. Free agents can't officially sign a contract until July 10.

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