Lance Stephenson is without question one of the most intriguing names in the NBA. He has been testing the free agency waters this offseason but has yet to gain much interest. Now, it appears that he could end up taking his talents overseas instead of waiting around for an NBA deal.
According to a report from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Stephenson could leave the NBA for overseas basketball.
Last season with the Memphis Grizzlies after being traded at the trade deadline, Stephenson ended up averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He shot 47.4 percent from the field overall and knocked down 35.5 percent of his three-point attempts. There is no question that he showed flashes of his former star potential, but apparently, that isn’t enough for potential suitors.
At 25-years-old, it is sad to see the way that Stephenson’s career has gone downhill. Just a few short years ago he was one of the top up-and-coming stars in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers. His decision to leave a great situation will haunt him for the remainder of his career.
There are a few teams that could end up pursuing the inconsistent shooting guard. If he decides to continue searching for an NBA deal, there is a good chance that he could find a deal at some point later on. Taking a year off and focusing on improving his game overseas could be a good decision for Stephenson as well.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with Stephenson throughout the remainder of the offseason. He may end up signing overseas, but there is still hope for an NBA deal.
Memphis could show interest in bringing Stephenson back, although they haven’t thus far. New York could also be a potential option.
Expect to hear more news about Stephenson in the near future. He may not end up signing with an NBA team, but that may be in his best interest. Don’t be surprised if he ends up signing overseas.