Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New Orleans Pelicans who are reportedly interested in signing playmaking swingman Lance Stephenson.
Lance Stephenson is one of the free agents who is yet to find a home this offseason. The Memphis Grizzlies decided not to pick up Stephenson’s player option mainly because of his on-court issues. The 25-year-old shooting guard played a major role under coach Dave Joerger when the team suffered various injuries.
After he was traded to Memphis, Lance Stephenson averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and shot 47.4 percent from the field. According to SB Nation, the New Orleans Pelicans are interested with Ty Lawson and Lance Stephenson.
However, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical confirmed that Lawson agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
Free agent Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans, league source says.
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) August 29, 2016
Several NBA teams are reportedly interested in signing Lance Stephenson, including the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans. However, as of now, no team is signing Stephenson.
According to Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate, the Pelicans currently have 15 players under guaranteed contracts. This means that they cannot sign or add another player on their roster.
“The Pelicans already have 15 players under guaranteed contracts — the most allowed by the NBA in-season — making player additions unlikely. Still, the club is taking at least an exploratory look at other players,” Dawson reported
The New Orleans Pelicans must be interested in what can Lance Stephenson bring on their team. The Pelicans failed to enter the 2016 NBA playoffs after finishing in the 12th spot in the Western Conference.
However, now that Anthony Davis will be cleared to play next season, the Pelicans could be aiming to compete in the playoffs once again. Lance Stephenson may have on-court issues but he has proven his effectiveness when his mind is into the game.
Now that a team will be giving him a chance to return to the league next season. Lance Stephenson should prove that he deserves a spot in the New Orleans Pelicans’ roster.
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