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Lance Stephenson | Guard/Forward | #1

Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (10) / IND
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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

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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

Lance Stephenson played just nine minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with one assist.

Remember when coach Dave Joerger said that Stephenson would be the X factor in this series? Well, it isn't working out. Born Ready actually played decent in Game 1 with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, but he was pulled pretty quickly tonight. He is going to be a volatile fantasy option for the rest of the series.
Apr 20 - 12:31 AM

Memphis coach Dave Joerger hinted that Lance Stephenson could be the X factor for the Grizzlies against the Spurs in round one of the playoffs.

"Certainly Lance with his ability to get to the basket and make shots," Joerger said. "As things grind down a little bit in the playoffs, baskets are hard to come by. To go get your own shot is tough. But Lance can get baskets." It sounds like Stephenson will play a pivotal role in this series which at the very least will make it entertaining, so we can expect to see him get minutes in the mid-20s. Stephenson averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in the last four games of the regular season.
Apr 17 - 12:20 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said Lance Stephenson is the X factor for the series against the Spurs.

"He can go get a shot. That's the thing," Joerger said. You know the Grizzlies are short on depth if their coach is calling Stephenson an X factor. He should anchor the second unit as the primary ball-handler with minutes in the mid-20s. It might get ugly against the Spurs defense.
Apr 16 - 2:01 PM

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points against the Warriors on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

He played 35 minutes as the primary ball-handler. Stephenson has been a nice pickup for the Grizzlies after picking him up in the Jeff Green trade. He'll have to deal with Kawhi Leonard and company in the first round.
Apr 14 - 1:18 AM

Lance Stephenson was quiet vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with three assists, three boards, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 22 minutes.

If the game wasn't such a blowout, Born Ready probably would've played a lot more since Tony Allen (hamstring) was out. Allen's status hasn't been determined for Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors, but Stephenson will be looking at heavy minutes if he sits.
Apr 13 - 1:13 AM

Lance Stephenson scored 13 points in a start against the Warriors on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

He took the last shot of the game and you could argue Stephenson was hacked by both Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Stephenson will likely get at least one more start with Tony Allen (hamstring) likely to miss another game or two.
Apr 9 - 11:11 PM

Lance Stephenson will start against the Warriors on Saturday in place of Tony Allen (hamstring).

He might have a really good chance here. Jordan Farmar is technically the point guard, but expect Stephenson to run the offense a lot. He will likely get one more good game because Allen should rest for at least one more game.
Apr 9 - 7:49 PM

Lance Stephenson scored 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with six boards, five assists and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench.

Stephenson's minutes have been trending in the wrong direction over the past eight, as he's been averaging just 24.2 minutes a night to go with averages of 12.3 points, 3.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.3 turnovers on 43.8 percent shooting during that eight-game span. Those numbers have him ranking well outside the top-200 in standard 9-cat leagues, so he's no longer a must-own guy.
Apr 9 - 1:05 AM

Lance Stephenson scored 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting off the bench Friday, adding four assists, three boards, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

Stephenson threw down a few highlight-reel jams in this one, and he continues to play above expectations in Memphis. He's been a steady late-round guy over the past month, and his minutes are safe with very little depth behind him. He's worth owning in most leagues.
Apr 2 - 12:39 AM

Lance Stephenson scored four points with four rebounds, three assists and six turnovers in 21 minutes against the Spurs during a 101-87 loss on Monday.

He did not play well, so it cost him some playing time. Coach Dave Joerger has kept Stephenson on a shorter leash, but he should still be able to get run as long as he can bounce back on Wednesday. Stephenson is still a hold in standard leagues. He also had a fake pass to nobody, which is typical Lance (video in link below).
Mar 29 - 12:22 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Mike Conley
2Wade Baldwin
3Xavier Munford
4Tony Wroten
5Mario Chalmers
SG1Tony Allen
2P.J. Hairston
3Vince Carter
4Jordan Adams
SF1Matt Barnes
2Lance Stephenson
PF1Zach Randolph
2JaMychal Green
3Jarell Martin
C1Marc Gasol
2Brandan Wright
3Chris Andersen