Lance Stephenson won’t rule out returning to Indiana Pacers for 3rd stint
Lance Stephenson has been an NBA journeyman in his pro basketball career. While he’s played for six NBA teams so far, he’s probably going to end his career remembered mostly by fans for his time with the Indiana Pacers. After all, it’s with the Pacers with whom Born Ready spent the most of his days in the league.
Stephenson is about to suit up for his seventh team after signing a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, but where would he play next once that contract expires in 2019? Perhaps another stint with the Pacers? Don’t count that possibility out, as Stephenson is not dismissing the idea of him returning to Indiana for the third time, per Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports.
Scott Agness: You haven’t closed the door on Indiana, though? It’s weird to think a guy could come back three times.
Lance Stephenson: [laughs] You never know, man. My job right now is to kill this year and find a home. This is a big opportunity playing with one of the greatest to ever play the game. Always playing against him now to play with him, it’s going to be different.
The Pacers had the option to pick up Stephenson’s deal worth $4.3 million for the 2018-19 season, but decided not to, paving the way for the former Cincinnati Bearcats star to hit the free agent market. Fortunately for Stephenson, he found a new employer right away with Magic Johnson welcoming him to the Lakeshow.
In Los Angeles, Stephenson will play alongside LeBron James, who used to be his nemesis in the Eastern Conference. The two will have to work together if the Lakers are to unseat the Golden State Warriors in the West.
Stephenson played six seasons in Indiana, and over that span, averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 298 games.