- Courtesy: NBA/Pacers
"Lance is forever grateful for all the love he's received from Pacers fans. He is especially grateful to his teammates, [Pacers coach] Frank Vogel, [owner] Herb Simon, the Pacers management and most of all, Larry Bird," said Stephenson's agent, Alberto Ebanks, in a statement. "Lance will miss the city, the team and the mentor who helped transform him into the dynamic player he has become. He looks forward to making a strong contribution and beginning a new chapter with the Charlotte Hornets."
Stephenson is coming off his best season since being drafted by the Pacers back in 2010. He averaged 13.8 points per game to go along with his league-leading five triple-doubles according to ESPN.
"Sad day #PacerNation!! Congrats to my brother @stephensonlance on his decision and his future.. Can't count how many times we shared this moment.." said George via his Instagram account next to a picture of him and Stephenson. "Indiana you should forever hold a special place for Born Ready.. Congrats again bro! Love you"
Stephenson also sent out a message through his Twitter thanking his supporters.
"Indy, I had a great 4 years. Thank you Larry Bird, the fans, my coaches and teammates for the incredible experience. I will never forget any of you!"
Other reported suitors for Stephenson included the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Detroit Pistons.