Lance Stephenson is returning to the Pacers
- Author: Wendy Palmer Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 1:43
Adam Zagoria of FanRag Sports confirmed the move.
The first two years of the deal are guaranteed and the third year is a team option, sources said. Stephenson boasted averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game and he was in the conversation for a spot on the All-Star team that season.
Since leaving in free agency following the 2013-14 season, the 6-foot-5 Stephenson has played for Charlotte, the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis, New Orleans and most recently Minnesota.
Stephenson was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 2010 and ultimately became an everyday starter for the Pacers after his first two season in the league.
Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey has a left patellar tendon strain and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the Pacers announced Tuesday. Bird, as well as some of the leaders on the team, kept a close eye on Stephenson and gave him a steady stream of guidance.
Immediately, this means the Pacers now have room to sign another player as they had 15 National Basketball Association contracts before today's move.
Stephenson and George, along with other players, made the Pacers a perennial threat in the East for years.
Question is, does that player still exist?
Stephenson plays hard and with emotion and that may be one of his bigger contributions to an IN team that often lacks intensity.
The Indiana Pacers aren't going to sit around and wait for their roster to get healthy as they make a push for the playoffs.
According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers are finalizing a deal to sign Stephenson.