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Lance Stephenson headed to Charlotte

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson looks for a way around Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during Game 3 of  the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Pacers guard Lance Stephenson looks for a way around Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Lance Stephenson has found a new home.

The controversial free-agent shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person said Stephenson is expected to be introduced at a news conference Friday.

Stephenson wrote on Twitter: "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! 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."

Stephenson is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He led the league with five triple-doubles.

Charlotte turned its attention to Stephenson after Utah matched its offer to restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. The Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year, $44 million contract but he chose to sign for fewer years.

Lottery reform?

The NBA has introduced a proposal to reform its draft lottery, according to Grantland.com.

The proposal, which would give the four worst teams an equal chance of winning the first pick, was submitted at the league's committee meetings this week in Las Vegas.

Changes could be made as soon as next season, but no specific timetable exists, according to the website.

South Beach reunion

LeBron James won't be the only player moving from Miami to Cleveland next season.

A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Heat free agent James Jones will be joining James in Cleveland.

Jones and the Cavaliers agreed to terms on a veteran-minimum deal for $1.4 million. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Jones spent the last six of his 11 NBA seasons in Miami. Last year Jones shot a career-high 46 percent on three-pointers but only appeared in 20 games.

He joins Mike Miller, who agreed to a two-year deal on Tuesday, as former James teammates who are following him to Cleveland.

Golden State signs Rush

Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year contract.

Agent Mark Bartelstein says Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal.

Rush was Golden State's top reserve during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener.

He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala.

Rush has averaged 8.3 and 3.3 rebounds in six seasons.

- Staff and wire reports

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