Stephenson Signs With Hornets

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Lance Stephenson

July 16, 2014 Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM EDT

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.

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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