There is no doubt Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson has had his issues both on and off of the court.
There is also no doubt that Stephenson is a very talented player who has helped the Pacers jump to the next level, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in each of the last two seasons. Now Stephenson is set to cash in when free agency officially begins after midnight Tuesday morning.
Some believed the Pacers would move on from Stephenson, but it is clearly in their best interest to bring him back.
According to Candace C. Buckner of The Indianapolis Star, the Pacers will be rolling out the “star treatment” for Stephenson at 12:01 am by showing Stephenson a movie.
Sometime shortly after midnight Tuesday, Lance Stephenson will be seated with his family and friends in a movie theater. The lights will go down and the ‘Born Ready’ life story will flash before Stephenson’s eyes on the big screen.
It is the Indiana Pacers’ first step in recruiting and wooing their own unrestricted free agent, according to sources familiar with the team’s plans. At the same time, several NBA teams are expected to call Stephenson’s East Coast-based representative when NBA free agency begins at the stroke of midnight.
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc and 71.1% from the free throw line in the regular season. In the postseason, he put up 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 45.5% from the field, 35.8% from three and 71.4% from the charity stripe.