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Lakers Rumors: Lakers interested in pursuing Lance Stephenson in free agency?

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers during a 79-77 Pacer win at Staples Center on November 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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The 2013-14 NBA season is turning out to be a lost cause for the Los Angeles Lakers with the team currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and little hope of turning things around. With the team now looking toward the future, another player has been mentioned as a potential target for the Lakers among the 2014 free agents according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News on Feb. 6:

If the Pacers don’t address the Stephenson problem, there will be wolves with cap space lurking. The Lakers, Bulls and Bobcats will be among the teams who can and would offer an ample payday and increased opportunity for Stephenson this summer.

With Lance Stephenson potentially being on the biggest names on the open market, the Lakers going after the up-and-comer won't be all that surprising. Although it remains uncertain if the Lakers will be big players in the 2014 free agent market this summer, Stephenson will likely be on their short list of potential targets.

Stephenson continues to make a strong case to be signed to a long-term lucrative deal in the off-season while having a career year with the Indiana Pacers. The former Cincinnati star is currently averaging career highs in multiple categories with 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Along with the impressive numbers, Stephenson is shooting 50 percent from the field.

At this point in time, there's no telling which direction the Lakers are planning on going in once this disappointing season mercifully comes to an end for the storied franchise. Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding the team's intentions, Stephenson will be a viable option for the Lakers as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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