Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Indiana Pacers Bringing Back Lance Stephenson for Three Years
The Indiana Pacers are bringing back former Brooklyn Lincoln High School star Lance Stephenson for three years with a team option for the third year, league sources told ZAGSBLOG.
The deal is for $12 million, The Vertical reported.
The Pacers also waived guard Rodney Stuckey.
In 2010, Indiana drafted the 6-foot-5 Stephenson 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.
After undergoing surgery on the groin, Stephenson signed a 10-day contract in February with the Timberwolves. Minnesota then released him earlier this month.
In seven NBA seasons, Stephenson has averaged 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. During the 2013-14 season in Indiana, where Larry Bird was a staunch supporter of his talents, Stephenson averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds.
At 37-37, the Pacers are currently the No. 7 seed in the East.
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.