The Indiana Pacers are currently stuck with an issue of needing some solid depth on their roster heading into the playoffs. Recently, reserve guard Rodney Stuckey was waived following the announcement that he’d most likely miss the end of the season due to an injury. The Pacers, a team seemingly desperate to get Paul George some more reliable help, are going to bring back a player who was great for them but suffered a dramatic fall from grace. After stints with a few teams recently, Lance Stephenson is reportedly going to be returning to where it all started.
Following comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog and Chris B Haynes of ESPN.
The Pacers are working on a deal to bring back Lance Stephenson, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 29, 2017
The Pacers have signed Lance Stephenson for 3 years, third with a Player Option, source tells ZAGSBLOG. pic.twitter.com/1ypSEgm5Se
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 29, 2017
Free agent swingman Lance Stephenson has reached an agreement with the team on a three-year, $12 million deal, league sources informed ESPN.
The first two years of the deal are guaranteed and the third year is a team option, sources said.
Lance Stephenson saw his best seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, even leading the NBA in triple-doubles back in the 2013-14 season. Lance turned his great play with Indy into a three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets in 2014 but that almost immediately backfired for both parties.
Following one season with the Hornets Stephenson was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. After that, over the last two seasons he bounced around with the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves seeing some success but injuries recently derailed his comeback efforts.