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  • Hornets land free agent SG Stephenson

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.
    The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.
    The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person says Stephenson is expected to be introduced at a press conference Friday.
    Stephenson wrote on Twitter: "Indy, I had a great 4 years. Thank you Larry Bird, the fans, my coaches and teammates for the incredible experience. I will never forget any of you! I now have to look to the next phase of my career and the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow as a player and as a person in Charlotte! I'm excited to play for this franchise and the fans!! (hash)buzzcity."
    Stephenson met with Hornets owner Michael Jordan and other members of the organization Tuesday night in Las Vegas to make sure he was a good fit before agreeing to the deal.
    The Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract but he chose to sign for fewer years.
    The 6-foot-5 Stephenson is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He led the league with five triple-doubles.
    Just as important, Stephenson brings some needed playoff experience and toughness to a team an organization that failed to win a postseason game during the past 10 seasons. Stephenson averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 40.2 minutes per game during the Eastern Conference finals.
    Stephenson certainly comes with his share of issues.
    Outspoken and emotional, Stephenson had 17 technical fouls last season — third-most in the NBA.
    Pacers
    The Indiana Pacers agreed to terms with Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.
    Terms of the deal, which was first reported by USA Today, were not immediately available. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
    Stuckey averaged 13.9 points last season, his seventh season with the Detroit Pistons. He was once viewed as a promising building block for the Pistons, and he averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists in 2009-10.
    Stuckey only shot 27 percent from 3-point range and just over 43 percent from the field overall, so he won't bring a lot of perimeter shooting help. But he is at his best attacking the basket and the Pacers also addressed some shooting needs earlier in the summer when they added C.J. Miles.
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