Is Lance Stephenson getting ready for a basketball stint in China? Two months after entering the abyss of free agency, he still hasn’t secured a spot in any of the NBA team rosters. A move to the east could be the only option left if he doesn’t want to stay idle until the next transfer window.
Lance Stephenson entered the NBA through the Indiana Pacers in 2010. He had an uneventful two seasons before breaking out in 2012-13. SB Nation pointed out the pros and cons of his playing style, which is described as “flying too close to the sun.”
He proved to be a major offensive asset, hitting a high field goal percentage. He had decent all-around statistics in and outside the three-point line, but he also made a lot of risky moves.
Since his breakout season with the Pacers, Stephenson has played a game of musical chairs around the NBA. He moved to Charlotte in the 2014 season, where he didn’t live up to his potential. His stats steadily dropped, and he didn’t see the end of his three-year contract. In 2015, He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Stephenson continued to move around the country, and found himself with the Memphis Grizzlies. He managed to clock in some playing time, thanks in part to some injuries that plagued the team. However, the team didn’t jump on the opportunity to re-sign him. His inconsistency and some off-court attitude issues have been rumored to be part of the problem. Some reported clashes with teammates in the past do not bode well for Stephenson’s future.
When he ended up as a free-agent at the end of the season, hopes remained high that he would find himself back with the Grizzlies, or at least with another team. Unfortunately, China seems to have become a looming prospect now that the NBA doesn’t seem to be turning up any offers.