Stephenson will draw the start at shooting guard for Friday's preseason finale against the Warriors, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. With a myriad of Lakers' players sitting out the preseason finale, Stephenson will have an opportunity to start. Through five exhibition games, Stephenson has averaged 10.2 points, 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 22.1 minutes.
Stephenson registered nine points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals across 23 minutes during the Lakers' 103-87 preseason loss to the Clippers on Saturday. The veteran was productive across the board during his solid amount of floor time, falling just shy of his third double-digit scoring effort in four preseason games. Although the extent of his night-to-night role once the regular season begins remains to be seen, Stephenson has now logged over 20 minutes in all but one exhibition and proven to be a useful contributor of scoring, rebounds and assists.
Stephenson put up eight points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 113-111 preseason loss to Denver. Stephenson once again saw some good run off the bench and was able to do a bit of everything. He was one of the more questionable signings for the new-look Lakers but appears to have settled in over the off-season. He will likely see less court-time come the regular season as players like LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma see their playing time increase. Stephenson can be ignored in standard leagues at this stage.
Stephenson agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Lakers on Sunday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com This is certainly an interesting twist on what has been a busy Sunday night for the Lakers, as just hours LeBron James agreed to a four-year deal with the team, Los Angeles brings along one of the superstar's "rivals." It's unclear, however, how Stephenson fits on this Lakers team as it is currently constructed, as he shot just 29 percent from behind the arc last season and would likely be playing behind both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart on the wing. Stephenson, however, did still show last season in Indiana that he is capable of providing a spark on the bench and will likely be a limited contributor in that capacity this coming season.
Stephenson's $4.3 million team option for the 2018-19 season was declined by the Pacers on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. Stephenson played in all 82 regular season games for the Pacers last season, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists across 22.6 minutes. It was his best campaign since the 2014-15 season with Charlotte, though the Pacers needed some financial flexibility for the start of free agency on July 1 and will have to let Stephenson go rather than reward his solid play. The veteran wing should field plenty of interest on the open free agent market as a do-it-all bench player for playoff teams.
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