By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent swingman Lance Stephenson has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. He signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Lake Show.
Stephenson, a former rival to LeBron James, will now be The King’s teammate. James signed a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers before Stephenson’s contract.
The 27-year-old has spent the majority of his career with the Indiana Pacers. However, they declined his option at the end of the season, making him a free agent.
James and Stephenson have a history together. During the 2014 playoffs, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Stephenson blew in James’ ear. Since then, Stephenson has become a meme for his antics.
This past season, it was James’ Cavaliers team to eliminate the Pacers, who had Stephenson, in Game 7 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoffs. When Stephenson and James faced each other in a series, James’ teams have won.
This is the second-time that Stephenson has played in the Western Conference. He spent one season playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, who share The Staples Center with the Lakers.
Besides playing for the Pacers and the Clippers, he has also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans.
This past season in a career-high 82 games with the Pacers, he averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game. The 9.2 points per game average was the most he had in a season since he averaged 14.2 points per game with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.