Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New York Knicks who are reportedly signing 25-year-old shooting guard Lance Stephenson to a one-year minimum deal for the 2016-17 NBA season.
The New York Knicks are one of the NBA teams who dreams of becoming a title contender next season. The last three seasons were a disappointment for the Knicks after failing to enter the NBA playoffs. Their last appearance was in the 2012-13 Eastern Conference playoffs where they lost to the Indiana Pacers.
With the hope of the reviving the team’s legacy, the Knicks decided to undergo a rebuilding process this summer. The Knicks made their first move in June when they acquired Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks continued in upgrading their roster in the recent free agency. They added Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings to bolster their roster. There are rumors that the Knicks will be signing free agent Lance Stephenson to a one-year minimum deal.
Lance Stephenson could be a good addition to the Knicks’ roster. He averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from 3-point range in his last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite his impressive stats, several NBA teams are not adamant to sign him because of his on-court antics. Lance Stephenson is known for having a ‘bad boy’ image inside the court. However, he has proven his efficiency if given the minutes– and if he’s head is into the game.
With the Knicks trying to contend next season, signing Lance Stephenson could be an option this summer. According to James McArdle of Daily Knicks, Stephenson could be used in the second unit for the Knicks.
“In saying that, the Knicks’ bench isn’t currently stacked with offensive firepower and may even rely upon two European rookies. They’ll more than likely lack the confidence to start, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas already plays well off the ball.”
“Keeping that in mind, Stephenson may be encouraged to make plays with the ball when surrounded by the second unit. He can make plays off the ball when accompanied by the starting lineup.” McArdle wrote.
With the dream of becoming a title contender next season, the Knicks should consider upgrading not only their starters but also the bench. If no NBA team shows interest to sign Lance Stephenson, he might choose to play overseas to improve his skills and hope for an NBA comeback.
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