Bird talks Stephenson's departure

Posted by C.L. Anthony on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 with No comments
In the long term F Lance Stephenson would have earned more money if he'd re-signed with the Indiana Pacers.  Pacers President thought their offer of $44 million was enough, Stephenson thought other wise and for a few hundred thousand more signed with the Charlotte Hornets.  Bird recently shared his thoughts on Stephenson leaving the franchise that drafted him.

"I really feel bad about losing him,'' Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?''

"It's just disappointing,'' Bird said. "When I'd go to practices, when he was on, he was by far our best player. And he worked. If you work as hard as he does, you're going to get better. I'm going to miss the kid, no question. And he's growing up. That stuff he pulled in the playoffs, that was out of the blue. But I knew how good Lance was and the value he brought to our team.''