The Pacers' front office expressed contrition about releasing Stuckey at this point in the season, sources said, and believes both sides benefited from his almost three seasons in Indiana. But if Stephenson steps in and feels at home, maybe he can make a positive impact.
One of those injured reserves is guard Rodney Stuckey, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained patella tendon in his left knee. There is a team option in place for the third year, according to sources. With the multi-year guarantee by the team he can be more confident that he won't be on the move again soon and can try to flash the form that made him a valuable rotation player at the beginning of his career.
The Indiana Pacers fell to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night, and injuries have thinned their bench.
While Stephenson had a rocky first tour in IN, he is just 26 years old and is likely coming to the Pacers with something to prove.
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The Pacers' roster now stands at 14 players. Lance Stephenson may be their only way of revival.
Stephenson is most known for bringing energy and antics to the court.
That aside, given the current state of the Indiana Pacers, signing Lance Stephenson is a risk worth taking. They reminisced, laughed and began, for the first time in four years, envisioning their future as teammates again.
George, who played alongside Stephenson the first four years of his career, said he is eager to play with one of his closest friends in the National Basketball Association again. Who better to provide that than the dynamic and unpredictable Lance Stephenson?