Would Lance Stephenson be a free-agent fit with Bulls?

Would Lance Stephenson be a free-agent fit with Bulls?
May 29, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Lance Stephenson is making plenty of headlines for what he's doing in the playoffs.

But blowing in LeBron's ear aside, Stephenson might make bigger headlines this offseason, when he hits free agency.

The Bulls will almost certainly be making moves this offseason, and with their search for a scorer to compliment Derrick Rose & Co. likely to continue, could Stephenson be a fit?

The Pacers guard had a very strong regular season, averaging 13.8 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game in 78 games for the Bulls' division rivals.

But there's more to Stephenson than just the numbers, as some of his on-court antics during the postseason — he was fined for flopping against the Heat — have illustrated.

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Keeping that in mind, would he be a fit with the Bulls?

"I've seen a lot more crazy things than somebody blowing in someone's ear in basketball, just not in an NBA game, at least not recently," CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam said on SportsNet Central on Thursday. "But, you know what, Lance Stephenson, as much as people are making a big deal about his antics, everyone knows this is who he is. As long as it doesn't carry on to off the court, I think he'll be OK in free agency. Just not a really deep class, and he's a talented guy. He probably should have been an All Star this season. And obviously people are focusing on how the Pacers self-destructed — and he's in the middle of it — but I think he's still going to get paid.

"As far as the Bulls, however, I can't see it happening. He just doesn't really fit the culture. I really like Lance, I've known Lance since he was a high school kid. But I just don't see him fitting the culture. I don't think the Bulls would go in that direction. I think they'll probably look for a less volatile guy, even if he doesn't make as much of an impact."

Check out more of Aggrey's thoughts on the Bulls and the NBA in the video above.