The Indiana Pacers have already added Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, and Al Jefferson this offseason but they are not done making moves. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Pacers are interested in bringing back Lance Stephenson and signing him to a multiyear deal.
Stephenson started his career in Indiana and earned a big raise following a great final season with the Pacers. He signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets in 2014 but his first season in Charlotte was disappointing.
The Hornets ended up trading him to the Clippers at the start of last season but he only played 15.8 minutes per game. He was then dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline, wherein he finally showed what he can do.
The 25-year-old averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in the final 26 games of the season. But it did not stop the Grizzlies in declining their team option in his contract to make him an unrestricted free agent, per CBS Sports.
However, Nate Taylor of the Indy Star reported on Monday that the Pacers are one of “few” teams that are interested in signing Stephenson. Indiana has $10 million cap space left which could be used to sign their former player.
Taylor noted that Stephenson maintains a great relationship with Paul George and Pacers president Larry Bird. One source added that he likes the city of Indianapolis and he would love the play for the Pacers again.
“If (given) a chance, I would love to come back home. We will see what happens. I’m just waiting for the call,” Stephenson told Vigilante Sports.
In four seasons with the Pacers, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He is known for his athleticism and blowing in LeBron James’ ear but he could be an additional ballhandler and perimeter defender for Indiana.
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