CHARLOTTE, N.C. (21Alive) - One of the Indiana Pacers' lighting rod in the NBA playoffs is moving on.
Lance Stephenson confirmed in a tweet (@StephensonLance) Wednesday that he has signed with the Charlotte Hornets.
"Indy, I had a great 4 years," Stephenson tweeted. " I now have to look to the next phase of my career and the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow."
The deal is reportedly 3 years and $27.4 million. The Pacers had offered Stephenson a reported 5-year/$44 million deal.
Indy, I had a great 4 years. Thank you Larry Bird, the fans, my coaches and teammates for the incredible ... http://t.co/9DcRknGQs8— Lance Stephenson (@StephensonLance) July 16, 2014
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this past season. He gained notoriety for his on-court antics, including blowing in the ear of LeBron James during the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Hornets, the Michael Jordan-owned franchise that changed its name from the Bobcats in the offseason, is beginning to have a Hoosier State feel. Joining the now ex-Pacer in Charlotte is Indiana's Noah Vonleh, drafted ninth overall in the June draft; IU's Cody Zeller, drafted fourth overall a year ag; Butler's Gordon Hayward, who left Utah in free agency; and Tyler Zeller, Cody's brother, traded from Cleveland. The Zeller brothers, both former Indiana Misters Basketball. Hayward is from Indianapolis.
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