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Lance Stephenson | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (10) / IND
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Lance Stephenson said that he's expecting to be one of the primary ball handlers in New Orleans while Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) are sidelined.
"Oh, of course. That’s basically part of my game," Stephenson said when asked if he expects to handle the ball more often in New Orleans. "Whatever the coach tells me to do." Stephenson's deal with the Pelicans is only partially guaranteed, so he'll need to impress at camp in order to make the team. He's only worth a late-round flier in deep leagues given that his value will likely fall apart once the team is at full strength. Sep 21 - 12:03 PM
Source: ESPN

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Lance Stephenson's contract with the Pelicans is only partially guaranteed.

Of the $1.22 million that Stephenson signed for, only $100,000 is guaranteed, so he'll need to impress Alvin Gentry during training camp in order to find himself a spot on the regular-season roster. New Orleans already has 15 guaranteed deals on the books for the 2016-17 season, although Born Ready could fill a need for the team early on as Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) will be begin the year on the sidelines. If Stephenson does earn himself a roster spot, it'll most likely come at the expense of Alonzo Gee.
Sep 15 - 3:24 PM

The Pelicans have officially signed Lance Stephenson.

Aside from the 2013-14 season in which Stephenson produced late-round value with the Pacers, he just hasn't been able to put forth a full season in which he was deserving of a roster spot in standard settings. Born Ready will have some opportunity to produce during the early goings of the 2015-16 season while Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) are off the court, but his long-term outlook isn't all that great. He's little more than a late-round flier in deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 14 - 11:12 AM

Lance Stephenson has agreed to a deal with the Pelicans.

Even with adding E'Twaun Moore and drafting Buddy Hield, the Pelicans could use the depth on the wing. Stephenson would make more sense as another ball-handler to help out the second unit, especially if the Pels have to start Tim Frazier for an extended period of time. Born Ready did have an impressive March last year at 15.1 points per game, but he doesn't have much fantasy value right now.
Sep 9 - 5:52 PM

Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans.

The free agent has had a quiet offseason because not many teams have shown interest. The Pelicans were in the mix for Ty Lawson before he chose the Kings, so they're serious about adding some additional depth to their bench. If the Pelicans agree to a deal with Stephenson, he will be competing with Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and E'Twaun Moore for minutes.
Aug 29 - 1:21 PM

According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN, there is "nothing going on with Lance Stephenson and the Nets."

Stephenson has generated little to no interest as a free agent and it doesn't sound like his hometown team wants him either. He was linked to the Knicks over the weekend, but Stephenson may have to head overseas if he can't find a deal soon.
Aug 29 - 9:39 AM

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Lance Stephenson could head overseas.

The Grizzlies aren't expected to re-sign him after they declined to pick up his option for the 2016-17 season, and he hasn't really been linked to other NBA teams just yet. Stephenson is only 25 years old and had a strong finish last season, but Washburn adds that his "quirky" personality may scare off potential suitors.
Aug 7 - 10:30 AM

The Grizzlies are not expected to re-sign unrestricted free agent Lance Stephenson.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, and Born Ready's rebirth will attempt to be executed in yet another new destination. Despite being just 25 (26 in September), Stephenson may be forced to take a one-year "prove it" kind of deal before hitting the market again in the summer of 2017.
Jul 11 - 9:38 AM

President Larry Bird said there is a "very slim chance" the Pacers will pursue Lance Stephenson.

Stephenson has said he would come back to Indiana if given the chance. The Pacers are starting to fill out their rotation and might not have room for someone with Stephenson's style. Regardless, he'll have a tough time matching his output from his time with the Grizzlies last year.
Jul 8 - 4:23 PM

Lance Stephenson said he would come back to Indiana if he was given the chance.

"We will see what happens. I’m just waiting for the call," he said. Stephenson led the NBA in triple-doubles during his last season with the Pacers in 2013-14, but his career has taken a nosedive since then. He wouldn't have too much value in Indiana this time around.
Jul 4 - 9:50 PM

The Grizzlies have declined Lance Stephenson's $9.4 million team option.

He'll be a free agent and should get interest from plenty of teams. Although, Stephenson was out of the rotation at times with the Clippers before the trade deadline. Thanks to numerous injuries to the Grizzlies, he put up averages of 14.2 points, 4.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 treys in his final 26 regular season games. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles back in 2013-14, but he will likely just be a role player next year.
Jun 27 - 6:23 PM

Doc Rivers said that he was most disappointed in Lance Stephenson's defense during his stint with the Clippers.

"He played great for Memphis. He wasn't a great fit for us. Defensively -- that's where I was more disappointed, and shocked," Rivers said. "I look at that body, and that athleticism, and I think: That's a prototypical great defender. And he's not that." Despite not fitting the system and a failure to meet on-court expectations, Rivers made it clear that Stephenson was anything but a malcontent and that his teammates liked him.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 11:57 AM

Lance Stephenson believes he can fit in with the Grizzlies next season as a role player.

"It's not about money," Stephenson said. "I just want to play and help a team win. I think I can fit in here as a role player." Memphis coach Dave Joerger said that he would "absolutely" want to coach Stephenson again, so it will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies pick up his team option worth $9.5 million for next season.
Apr 30 - 12:31 PM

Lance Stephenson said that he'd like to return to the Grizzlies next season.

The Grizzlies hold a $9.5M option on Stephenson for next season, and the enigmatic swingman is hoping that he's found his new NBA home. If Memphis declines the option, Stephenson showed enough that he'll earn another chance somewhere, but it's not going to be at the rate of more than nine million dollars annually. As an aside, Born Ready plans to use his offseason in order to improve defensively in addition to working to become a better player off the ball.
Apr 25 - 12:56 PM

Lance Stephenson's 26 points (11-of-19 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) weren't enough in a 116-95 loss on Sunday, as the Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Stephenson didn't do much in Game 2 or Game 3, but he came to play tonight and has been a solid addition to the Memphis roster. He had a great stretch of 15 games in March when he put up averages of 15.1 points, 4.9 boards, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals for the shorthanded Grizzlies, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to entice Memphis to exercise his team option for next season worth just under $9.5 million.
Apr 24 - 4:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1Buddy Hield
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Solomon Hill
3Quincy Pondexter
4Dante Cunningham
5Alonzo Gee
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
4Chris Copeland
5He Tianju
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Robert Sacre