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Lakers’ Lance Stephenson says playing against Pacers is ‘going to be amazing’

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The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Indiana Pacers Thursday night at Staples Center, which means Lance Stephenson will face off against his former team for the first time in an LA uniform.

Lance Stephenson signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in July after spending last season with the Pacers. He is making $4.5 million this year and will become an unrestricted free agent again in the offseason.

“Playing against my former teammates, it’s going to be amazing,” Stephenson said after Wednesday’s practice, via Lakers Nation. “Just to see them and talk to them, talk to the training staff, talk to the coaches, it’s going to bring a lot of memories. It’s always good to see the team that you played on last year.

“That unit we had last year, we were together. We wanted to win and we played together every game. We couldn’t win without playing together.”

The Pacers took LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the first round of the 2018 playoffs. Now, Stephenson and James are teammates in Los Angeles, trying to bring the Lakers back to prominence.

In 20 games off the Lakers’ bench this year, Stephenson is averaging 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. The 28-year-old is shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line. Stephenson is playing roughly 16 minutes a night.