Lance Stephenson was nearly an All-Star this season.
Let that sink in for a second.
Four years ago, he fell all the way to the second round of the draft, where the Indiana Pacers made his night by picking him up with the 40th overall pick. Since then, he’s made the headlines quite a few times for, well, all the wrong reasons. Roy Hibbert also had some not-very-nice things to say about his young two guard, admitting that he was “probably one of the worst rookies” and calling him a “pain in the butt.”
In other words, he didn’t have the best reputation.
But a lot has changed over the last two years and now, he is really good. Like, fringe All-Star good. And his timing couldn’t have been better. Seeing as he’s in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, he’s due for an extension at the end of this season, and as a result of his on-court wizardry that nearly got him a return flight to New Orleans, he’s played himself into a nice raise. Whether or not the Pacers will be the ones to give him that money remains to be seen, but we don’t have to worry about that for now. All you need to know is that it’s going to happen.
With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to Lance’s latest Instagram, which is of him getting his Floyd Mayweather on by showing us all what $1 million looks like in cash.
But, wait. That’s not Lance’s money. (Let this be your reminder that he is only making $981,349 this season. Ahhhh, the joys of a second-round draft pick).
So where has this money come from? Well, I’m glad you asked. According to Pacers beat reporter Scott Agness, the money is real, but it was part of a league meeting. So, yes, that probably means Lance walked into a room with $1 million sprawled out on a table and saw it as a good opportunity to snap a picture and share it with the world because that’s just what Lance does.
But this time next year, he could take the same picture, only this time, with his own money.
Hello, hefty payday.