Stephenson is seeking a return to the NBA, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Stephenson is reportedly "willing to work out to prove his value" after playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. With the Flying Leopards, he averaged 26.7 points (52 FG%) and 7.4 rebounds. In 2018-19, he played with the Lakers, averaging 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.5 minutes.
Stephenson signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Fair or not, Stephenson seems like he's always been destined to play for a team called the "Flying Leopards," and he'll get his opportunity next season after failing to secure an NBA contract as a free agent. The 28-year-old journeyman had trouble fitting in with the Lakers last season, though he did shoot a respectable 37.1 percent from beyond the arc, well above his career average of 31.5 percent.
Stephenson will come off the bench Thursday night against Golden State.
Stephenson will serve as a reserve after starting three of the last four contests for the Lakers. Alex Caruso enters the starting lineup at shooting guard while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gets the nod at small forward.
Stephenson put up zero points (0-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 130-102 win over the Pelicans.
Stephenson stepped in for LeBron James (groin) in the starting five but didn't do much to aid the Lakers' winning effort. The Lakers got a big game off the bench from Reggie Bullock (18 points in 23 minutes), who was returning from a four-game absence due to a foot injury. Given that Bullock had been a starting wing for the Lakers prior to getting hurt, it's possible that he replaces Stephenson on the top unit in Tuesday's game in Oklahoma City.
Stephenson will start in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Stephenson's move into the starting five comes in place of Lebron James, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season. This move could last for the remaining five games. Stephenson is averaging 27.3 minutes per game over his last four games, and could see an even larger role with the starters.
Stephenson compiled 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes during Friday's 129-115 victory over Charlotte.
Stephenson delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds in Friday's win but added no other stats in a very one-dimensional line. There is no need to get overly excited here with a performance such as this to be expected of the enigmatic Stephenson. The Lakers are down on troops and owners in deeper formats could pay some attention but he is typically too hard to trust.
Stephenson finished with 10 points (3-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 115-100 loss to Utah.
Stephenson moved into the starting lineup Wednesday, replacing LeBron James (rest) who was riding the pine. Stephenson scored just 10 points but was able to somewhat salvage the line with five assists and two steals. Even on night's he plays decent minutes, Stephenson is typically too hard to trust even as a streaming option. He can be left on the waivers in all competitive formats.
Stephenson will draw the start Wednesday against the Jazz, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
With the Lakers dealing with numerous injuries, Stephenson will fill a void in the starting five. He's seen 25 minutes each in his past two contests, averaging 7.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in those contests.
Stephenson (toe) delivered eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 25 minutes in the Lakers' 111-106 win over the Kings on Sunday.
Stephenson had been available to play for the first time since March 6 on Friday versus the Nets, but he ultimately didn't see the floor. Sunday's contest thus marked his official return to action, and he generated a typical stat line in his second-unit role. It was encouraging to see Stephenson jump right back into a normal allotment of minutes, and he could see similar opportunity down the stretch as the Lakers play out the string.
Stephenson (toe) is available to play in Friday's game against Brooklyn, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Stephenson's will make his return after missing the past six games due to a sprained left toe. In 61 appearances prior to the injury, the veteran guard had been averaging 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 15.6 minutes per game.
Stephenson (toe) went through Thursday's practice and is questionable for Friday's game against the Nets, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Stephenson has been out across the past six games, but it appears he's trending towards a return. More information may arrive after morning shootaround.
Stephenson (toe) will remain out Tuesday against Milwaukee, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
It will be the ninth time in the last 10 contests in which Stephenson will miss due to injury as his disappointing season continues. After a bounce-back season last year, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, the Cincinnati product is dropping 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds over 61 games played this season. With Josh Hart (knee) listed as questionable for Tuesday's game in addition, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a prime candidate to rack up minutes in the matchup against the Bucks.
Stephenson (toe) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Detroit, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Stephenson was listed as probable, although he evidently didn't feel good enough to play after participating in shootaround. He's slated to miss his fourth straight matchup due to a sprained left toe.
Stephenson (toe) is probable for Friday's matchup against the Pistons.
Stephenson has missed six of the past seven games, but it appears he'll be in action Friday. With LeBron James (rest) out, Stephenson could be in line for extra usage.
Stephenson (toe) will not play Thursday against the Raptors, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports.
Stephenson will miss a third straight game with a sprained toe, and it's very possible he could remain out for Friday's game in Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back.
Stephenson (toe) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Toronto.
Stephenson is still nursing a sprained toe on his left foot, which has kept him out of the Lakers' last two games. The hope is he'll be able to get back on the floor for one half of the Thursday/Friday back-to-back, but at this point his status is firmly up in the air.
Stephenson (toe) won't play Tuesday against the Bulls, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Stephenson is slated to miss his second straight contest due to a toe injury, and he's played in just one of his team's previous five matchups. He'll continue to be listed as day-to-day moving forward.
Stephenson (toe) will be a game-time call for Tuesday's game against Chicago.
Stephenson failed to take the court Saturday night against Boston due to a toe injury, and he's now missed four of the team's previous five contests. His status is unlikely to become much clearer until Tuesday's shootaround.
Stephenson (toe) is questionable for Saturday's contest against the Celtics, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Stephenson returned from a sprained left toe during Wednesday's loss to Denver, playing nine minutes. He's apparently dealing with some soreness, however, and may miss Saturday's action.
Stephenson (toe) will be available to play in Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Stephenson is set to return from a three-game absence due to a left toe sprain. Across 60 appearances this season, the veteran wing's averaging 7.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 15.7 minutes.