Lance Stephenson finds himself with an awkward NBA future once more though there are a couple of teams who could take a chance at the spiraling swingman who has a faltering career.
After hitting it big with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson has seen his NBA career tumble. He was a bust with the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers but showed some semblance of his old self with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Even though he contributed to Memphis, the fact remains that the Grizzlies were doing the numbers crunch. And as known by now, the team wanted to explore options and declined the player option on the temperamental player.
Like many free agents, Stephenson’s future will depend on which team will once again take a chance on him. The Clippers did that last season but things didn’t turn out well. Who could take a chance on the 25-year-old swingman for the coming NBA season?
Miami Heat Gamble
The Miami Heat could be a possibility. The team has taken a chance on players like Stephenson but the money involved may not be lucrative. Pat Riley could offer Stephenson a one-year deal and see if he is worth the investment before moving forward.
The Heat have done that on several players in the past in an effort to help them develop and mature according to Hoops Habit. That includes the likes of Gerald Green and Amar’e Stoudemire last year in what could be a temporary stop. If Stephenson is able to rekindle his old form, he could be re-signed to a longer deal.
New York Knicks Taking a Chance?
Phil Jackson has been on the warpath getting some key players like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. With that in mind, it may be possible that he could gamble on someone like Stephenson as hinted by the Daily Knicks.
It may be hard to visualize Stephenson considering how many players would be hogging the ball. There is Carmelo Anthony and Rose, who will want the spheroid on their hands most of the time so Stephenson may have to lower his standards a bit.
Besides, a possible coming of Stephenson will likely see him more time on the bench than on the court. With a stellar lineup looming for next season, he will likely end up a bench player for new head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Like the speculated case he has with the Heat, Stephenson is likely to end up with a one-year deal.