Lance Back in Indy

Lance Back in Indy

After a Three Year Absence, Lance Stephenson Returns to Indiana

It seems like it was just yesterday when Lance Stephenson was blowing into LeBron James’ ear in front of a national audience in the midst of an intense Eastern Conference Finals season.

Time really does fly, doesn’t it?

James has since won a few championships and returned home to Cleveland, the Indiana Pacers have fallen off the map and now team superstar Paul George has himself looking else where as he questions the drive of his locker room.

As for Stephenson? He has been on five different teams in the past three years. Often sitting jobless, playing off one ten-day contract to another. The fall for grace for a player, once so valuable to a franchise on the rise, is truly just a sad story. An irritant, the Indiana Pacers version of Draymond Green really. He was the Swiss army knife before Green took it to an entirely different level.

Lance can make ’em dance was a thing. Even Nicki Minaj was mentioning the borderline All-Star in her music and according to Green himself, Minaj only mentions LeBron in her songs if she is to give a shout out to an NBA player. Some exclusive company if you ask me.

Now, really out of no where, Stephenson is back in Indy, signing a three-year deal with the franchise earlier on Wednesday afternoon. According to league sources the contract is worth $12-million with the first two years guaranteed.

In his final season with Indiana, Stephenson averaged 13.8-points, 7.2-boards, and 4.6-assists in the 2013-14 season, but has since struggled to find a role in the league. The 26-years old last suited up for the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this year.

If the Indiana Pacers are to make the playoffs, Stephenson would be eligible to play. To make the move official, the Pacers waived back-up guard Rodney Stuckey to make room for ‘The Eighth Grader’ on their active roster.

While granted it is a tough break for Stuckey, it is really nice to see Stephenson back in Pacers yellow! Here’s to Lance making ’em dance again in Indy!


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