Stephens was arrested Wednesday for suspected domestic violence, Sportando reports.
Stephens reportedly attacked the mother of his child, although it has yet to be determined whether he's guilty or innocent. We'll have to let the legal process run it's course before coming to any conclusions, so stay tuned on the matter. That said, Stephens was cut by the Grizzlies less than a week ago and this latest issue will likely only hurt his chances of latching on with a roster later during the season.
Stephens hasn't appeared in an NBA regular season game since 2013-14, but he remains an intriguing prospect based on his standing as perhaps the league's best leaper. The 25-year-old, who averaged 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds across five preseason contests, will likely return to the D-League, where he spent the bulk of last season.
Stephens tallied 13 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block over 23 minutes in Thursday's 104-83 preseason loss to the Hawks.
The four-year pro's starting opportunity in the exhibition opener seemed more or less an afterthought, but no one seemingly informed Stephens, who maximized his time on the court. He was solid from the field, including beyond the arc, and made his presence felt on the boards on both ends of the floor. Stephens' four steals were also a game-high figure, while his point total paced the Grizzlies' starting five. Although he remains a long shot to stick on the roster, additional performances of this caliber would undoubtedly bolster his case, particularly on a team that looks to be somewhat offensively challenged as presently configured.
Stephens signed a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Stephens has played a total of six games during his NBA career, all of which came during the 2013-14 season. He was signed as a training camp body for the Pelicans and Cavaliers during the last two seasons, but ultimately failed to stick on the roster, which will likely be the case again as he heads to Memphis on a partially guaranteed deal. Stephens played three games with the Grizzlies during the Las Vegas summer league recently, posting averages of 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists over 21 minutes per outing.
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