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Monday / July 16.
  • Lakers sign Lance Stephenson to one-year deal after inking LeBron

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    After agreeing to a blockbuster deal with LeBron James, the Lakers have agreed to sign Lance Stephenson to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, their room mid-level exception, a league source told ZAGSBLOG.

    Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal.

    James and Stephenson have a history, of course, most notably represented by this incident in which Lance blew in LeBron’s ear during a playoff game in 2014.

    The Lakers also added JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, per reports.

    Stephenson, 27, averaged 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds last season in Indiana, which parted ways with him following the season.

    In 2010, Indiana drafted the 6-foot-5 former Brooklyn Lincoln High School star in the second round after and one-and-done season at Cincinnati. He played for the Pacers from 2010-14 but then rejected a five-year, $44 million contract offer, opting to test the open market. In July 2014, he landed with the Charlotte Hornets on a three-year, $27-million deal and then bounced around the league, spending time with the Clippers, Grizzlies, Pelicans and Timberwolves.

    The Pelicans released him in November to sign Archie Goodwin after Stephenson suffered a groin injury.

    Stephenson reunited with the Pacers last season.

    Stephenson has averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout his NBA career.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.