Lance Stephenson is one of the few free agents who has not yet found a new home this summer. According to the latest NBA rumors, Stephenson will be playing overseas to revive his career and hope for an NBA comeback.
In the recent free agency, the Memphis Grizzlies decided not to pick Lance Stephenson’s player option, enabling him to become a free agent. Unfortunately, two months after free agency started, the 25-year-old shooting guard has not yet signed with any NBA team.
Several NBA teams had already expressed their interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson, including the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, and the New Orleans Pelicans. However, no team has not yet given him a contract.
Recently, Brett Dawson of the New Orlean Advocate reported that Lance Stephenson will be working out for the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he is still questionable to earn a roster spot since the Pelicans already have a 15-man roster.
After Stephenson was traded to Memphis, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and shot 47.4 percent from the field. Despite his good stats, his on-court issues served as a major reason on why he has not yet found a home this off-season.
Only coach Dave Joerger managed to unleash the potential of the 25-year-old shooting guard. Last season, the Memphis Grizzlies struggled after some of their key players suffered injuries.
Luckily, coach Joerger found a way for the Grizzlies to enter the playoffs, with the help of Lance Stephenson.
“What I did with Lance is, I let him do his thing,” Joerger told Zach Lowe in a recent podcast. “I tried to play him with a group that didn’t need to run a lot of sets.”
Despite his good performance, his attitude on and off the court is troublesome. Another concern is his inconsistency. His tenure with the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers proved that Stephenson cannot smoothly shift to the system of the team that will acquire him.
There are rumors that Lance Stephenson may have headed to play overseas to continue his basketball career. Several NBA players who get dumped by NBA teams decided to play overseas where some of them were given the chance to return in the league.
“Stephenson can dominate the Chinese Basketball Association if he does choose to go there. A few 40-point performances (as many NBA players have in China) should give him an NBA audience once again when he arrives back in the states during the final fourth of the season.” Tim Cato of SB Nation wrote.
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