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The Celtics and the Lance Stephenson question

Do the Celtics [1] covet Lance Stephenson or don’t they? That is the question.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Celtics are “showing interest” [2] in the free agent shooting guard. However, the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett claims the C’s have not contacted Stephenson nor his agent [3].

Considering Avery Bradley [4] reportedly agreed on a four-year $32 million deal to play Stephenson’s natural position, it seems surprising the Celtics [1] would also target the mercurial Pacers 2-guard, although he has the ability to play the 3.

While Indiana remains his ideal destination, Stephenson considered Pacers president Larry Bird [5]‘s offer of five years and $44 million a “low-ball” one and began exploring the open market, according to Broussard.

Based on production, Stephenson (2,752 min, 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.6 apg, 56.4 TS%, 14.7 PER) should command more dollars than Bradley (1,855 min, 14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 51.0 TS%, 12.7 PER), but the former’s antics may prevent him from making double-digit millions annually. Either way, it’s hard to imagine the C’s stealing him from the Pacers.