NBA Free Agents Rumors: Lance Stephenson To Minnesota Timberwolves?
Lance Stephenson has yet to hook up with any NBA team but the Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in acquiring the mercurial guard.Advertisement
Stephenson continues his freefall in the league since catching the eye of many when he was still with the Indiana Pacers. He signed a lucrative deal with the Charlotte Hornets back in 2014 but floundered. The Los Angeles Clippers took a chance on him last year but proved out to be a bust.
His last stint came with the Memphis Grizzlies. Though he had his moments with the team, it wasn’t enough to secure a roster spot for next season.
Lowered Financial Expectations
One of the reasons why Stephenson has bounced was because of his hefty contract. He is coming off a $44 million deal but now he will have to tremendously lower that to a minimum deal, ESPN reported.
The Timberwolves could be a fit considering the team needs veterans to guide the rising stars like Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Karl-Anthony Towns. But to sign Stephenson, the T-Wolves will have to move some players.
One player mentioned is injury-plagued Nikola Pekovic. With the center often injured, getting Stephenson instead could work. It should be noted however that the two play different positions. Tom Thibodeau will likely weigh out the possibilities on which position the team needs more.
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Strong Possibility Of Missing The Coming Season
If not the Timberwolves, things aren’t looking too bright for Stephenson. A reunion with Pacers coach Frank Vogel could be another option though Orlando Magic management may not be coy to the idea.
With no other teams showing interest on the temperamental swingman, seeing Stephenson out of the 2016-17 NBA wars looms. He could also be signed some time during the season when teams start to figure out what they lack.
Stephenson could also be considered when teams get saddled with injured players. From a budding star with the Pacers, the 25-year-old native of Brooklyn may eventually miss out the season unless some team comes calling.