|2010 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 40th overall by Indiana.|
|22nd July, 2010||NBA||Signed a partially guaranteed four year, $3.36 million contract with Indiana.|
|18th July, 2014||NBA||Signed a three year, $27,405,000 contract with Charlotte. Included team option for 2016/17.|
|15th June, 2015||NBA||Traded by Charlotte to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes.|
|18th February, 2016||NBA||Traded by L.A. Clippers, along with a protected future first round pick (deferred to 2019), to Memphis in exchange for Jeff Green.|
|27th June, 2016||NBA||Memphis declined 2016/17 team option.|
|13th September, 2016||NBA||Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.|
|7th November, 2016||NBA||Waived by New Orleans.|
|8th February, 2017||NBA||Signed a 10 day contract with Minnesota.|
|8th March, 2017||NBA||Signed a second 10 day contract with Minnesota.|
|30th March, 2017||NBA||Signed a $12.54 million contract for the remainder of the season and through 2019 with Indiana. Included team option for 2018/19.|
|25th June, 2018||NBA||Indiana declined 2018/19 team option.|
|10th July, 2018||NBA||Signed a one year, $4,449,000 contract with L.A. Lakers.|
|2009 - 2010||Cincinnati (NCAA)|
|June 2010 - June 2014||Indiana Pacers (NBA)|
|July 2014 - June 2015||Charlotte Hornets (NBA)|
|June 2015 - February 2016||L.A. Clippers (NBA)|
|February 2016 - June 2016||Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)|
|September 2016 - November 2016||New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)|
|February 2017 - March 2017||Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)|
|March 2017 - June 2018||Indiana Pacers (NBA)|
|July 2018 - present||L.A. Lakers (NBA)|
November 2, 2019
June 29, 2017
SG, 6’5, 230lbs, 26 years old, 7 years of experience
Brought back mid-season to a fairly sizable contract after a lengthy bidding war against probably nobody – who goes from being unable to get a rest-of-the-season minimum salary contract to a $4 million deal for a part year’s work in under a fortnight? – Stephenson is back where he was always best, and shored up a poor bench for the brief playoff run. He brought an aggression to get to the basket and some fire, albeit a drive-and-kick game with few people to kick to was an awkward mix. Stephenson it seems will be around for a while, and if he is, then either the personnel will have to change to fit him, or he’ll be playing Charlotte-era Lanceball again soon. But at least he is back where he is happy.
Player Plan: Two years and a combined $8,154,000 remaining, the first year of which is guaranteed. Seems he’s here to stay for a while, but needs to prove next year that he is worthy of the one after.
July 6, 2010
The Pacers are said to be considering Stephenson as a man who could possibly use up some of the readily available point guard minutes. For a man with questionable shot selection, average athleticism and a stubborn refusal to move the ball, that doesn't seem like a good idea.
June 27, 2010
Pick 40: Indiana's drafting of Lance Stephenson at 40 was missed due to a barrage of Michael Booblay music, presumbably at the behest of Stu Scott, who really does love saying the word Booblay. Lance Stephenson's best case scenario is a 42 year old Jason Richardson. Or a 14 year old Jason Richardson. His best career arc would be staying in the league for four years. He's another man who should not be here.
The Stephenson pick leads to this exchange:
Stu Scott: "Jay, his nickname is 'Born Ready.' Is he ready?"
Jay Bilas: "Well, he's got a lot of ability."
That's a no, then. Bilas then follows this up with the comment that Stephenson "needs to learn how to play", which, while true, is still a damning slant on any draftee. You can certainly continue to learn the game in the NBA, but you shouldn't have to learn all of it.