Lance Stephenson agrees to deal with Charlotte Hornets

Lance Stephenson will leave the Pacers to join Eastern Conference rival Hornets

Mercurial shooting guard Lance Stephenson, parting ways with Eastern Conference finalist Indiana, has agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

Stephenson, who had 14 technicals as well as various run-ins with teammates and opponents last season, took to Twitter on Wednesday to discuss his move.

“Indy, I had a great 4 years," the 6-foot-5 guard tweeted. "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!! #buzzcity.”

The deal is reportedly for three years and $27 million. The Pacers reportedly offered Stephenson a four-year, $44-million contract.

Stephenson, who turns 24 in September, averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game in his fourth season with the Pacers. He reportedly met on Tuesday with Hornets owner Michael Jordan in Las Vegas to finalize the deal.

The Brooklyn native, who starred in college at Cincinnati, was a second-round draft pick by the Pacers in 2010.

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