When George signed a max deal just before training camp opened last year, Bird noted Stephenson was in the crowd and promised that Stephenson would be the next Pacers player to strike it rich. One way or the other, he will. Vogel said Friday that he's hopeful Stephenson stays.AVON, Ind. Paul George knows the Indiana Pacers are a better team with Lance Stephenson, and he wants him back. For weeks, the Pacers have been speaking to Stephenson with a unified voice: They want him back to take one more shot at an NBA championship, something that seems much more plausible now that LeBron James' departure has broken up the Big Three Era in Miami. Indiana has made a five-year, $44 million offer to Stephenson, who led all NBA guards in rebounding last season and finished with a league-high five triple-doubles. The 6-foot-9 forward played sparingly after joining the Pacers, but team President Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel were convinced he could help the two-time Eastern Conference runner-ups reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000. "It's all on Lance's plate," George said as he took a break from the basketball pro camp he headlined in suburban Indianapolis.