Is "Born Ready" born to run?

Published: .
Updated: .

Will he stay or will he go?

That is the question Pacer fans are asking when it comes to Lance Stephenson. His free agency has fans wondering if "Born Ready" is now born to run.

"Lance, Lance, Lance" is the chatter coming out of Cheatham and Moore on Illinois Street on Indy's near north side.

It's all about cutting at this barbershop, so nobody in here can really relate to the Lance Stephenson sweepstakes.

"Five years, $44 million. That's not enough? It's enough for me," Brian Robinson said from his barber chair seat. "I hope he re-signs. I hope he likes being a Pacer more than he likes the dollar. That is my hope."

Patrick Hathecock is his barber.

"I think they need to get rid of him," he counters. "His attitude. I don't think the Pacers can control someone like Lance Stephenson."

The 23-year-old Stephenson averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists last season. Few players in the league can fill a stat sheet like that.

"He's got so much talent that is just scratching the surface. I would like to see that happen here," the customer interjects.

"Just some dirty play by a dirty player. It's not good for the league," Hathecock replies. "Then there is the other side of the coin. You tell him not to do something and he does it anyway. He doesn't want to get into the huddle. That is not the player Indiana needs to be a championship team."

The Bulls, Lakers and Hornets are all reportedly interested in Born Ready since he hasn't taken the Pacers' five- year, $44 million offer.

"The offer is there. Essentially, it is up to Lance to take it or not. He didn't take it, so the Pacers are moving forward. Not necessarily without him, but as if they are without him," Conrad Brunner from 1070 The Fan said.

Which means there will be plenty to talk about for some time to come.

NBA free agency started July 1, but players cannot sign a new contract until July 8.