Lance Stephenson Agrees To Deal To Return To Pacers

Brittany BishopMar 31, 2017

The Indiana Pacers and shooting guard Lance Stephenson have reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year, $12 million contract. Stephenson has since played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves. The first two years of the deal are guaranteed, with the team holding the option for the third season.

More than two years after the brash 6-foot-5 guard left in free agency, the Pacers re-signed Stephenson on Thursday - just in time to fill a gaping hole as they try to make a final playoff push.

The team thinks highly of Stuckey and one source said it wasn't easy for President Larry Bird to cut ties with him.

Rodney Stuckey, Al Jefferson and Glenn Robinson III will all miss extended time with various injuries, the team announced Tuesday.

Stephenson was a deft ball-handler and capable playmaker for the dominant Pacers teams between 2012 and 2014.

The Pacers (37-37) are now occupying the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference standings.

IN waived guard Rodney Stuckey on Wednesday, after he strained his left patella on Sunday. He surprised many by becoming a key player in IN in his third year with the team.

Stephenson hasn't been the same since he left IN, so it could be the right situation for him to come IN and re-establish himself.

The Indiana Pacers, a bottom four seed in the East playoff race, needed every little bit of help they could get in hopes to close the regular season out strong. "We look forward to having a long relationship with him, because we know what he can bring to our franchise, both on and off the court".

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