The Indiana Pacers are parting ways with guard Lance Stephenson Sam Mills Jersey , the gritty veteran who brought energy off the bench in last seasons surprising run to the playoffs. The team will not pick up the team option next season, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard said Monday.

This was a very difficult decision, but as free agency begins on July 1, we want to have flexibility so that we can prepare for all of our available options, he said.

A year ago, Pritchard decided to trade star Paul George before almost surely losing him in free agency and got Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from Oklahoma City in a deal that turned out remarkably well for Indiana.

Oladipo emerged as a leader, earned his first All-Star trip and won the leagues steals title. Sabonis Russell Wilson Jersey , a lottery pick in 2016, became a key contributor off the bench. Point guard Darren Collison was the NBAs most accurate 3-point shooter, and Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic thrived in their roles, too. Myles Turner, Indianas 22-year-old center, was one of the leagues leaders in blocks.

Four of the starting five and Sabonis are already under contract for next season, with Young being the lone exception. He and backup point guard Cory Joseph have player options.

Now Pritchard has decided to part with

Stephenson brought grit off the bench for a team that won 48 games Kyzir White Jersey , fell just short of finishing in the top four in the Eastern Conference and was within four points late in a first-round, Game 7 loss to Cleveland. Stephenson, an eight-year veteran, finished the season averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

The decision was no doubt wrenching for a team that bonded in finishing strong: Six players approached Pritchard before the trade deadline and pleaded with the GM not to make any moves because they wanted to close out the season together. Pritchard said it a first for him, and kept the team intact.



The Dallas Cowboys added another receiver in free agency Friday when Allen Hurns agreed to a two-year deal.

Hurns deal with the Cowboys came three days after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley welcomed Hurns to the team in a Twitter message, ending that with lets go to work! Hurns responded Morten Andersen Jersey , Lets get it bro on his account.

Hurns initially signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie out of Miami in 2014. He got a $40 million, four-year contract extension after the 2015 season, when he had 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 15 games. But he has since been hampered by injuries.

Hurns missed 11 games because of injuries during the past two seasons with the Jaguars, who last week brought back receiver Marqise Lee and added Donte Moncrief in free agency.

In his four seasons with the Jaguars, Hurns had 189 receptions for 2,669 yards and 21 TDs. He caught just 74 passes for 961 yards and five scores the past two years while dealing with a sports hernia in 2016 and a high ankle sprain in 2017.

On Thursday Reggie Ragland Jersey , Dallas signed free agent wide receiver Deonte Thompson, who played 53 games the past six seasons for Baltimore, Buffalo and Chicago.



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