Pacers Cut Rodney Stuckey, Sign Lance Stephenson

Pacers Cut Rodney Stuckey, Sign Lance Stephenson

After moving around during the past three seasons, free agent swingman Lance Stephenson is returning to the Indiana Pacers.

Adam Zagoria of FanRag Sports confirmed the move. While Stuckey's contract covered three years, the third season was a team option for $7 million which had to be picked up by April 10th.

Stephenson averages 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game for his career.

Stephenson left the Pacers to sign with the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 offseason.

Stephenson has played for the Pelicans and Timberwolves this season, but both stints ended with injuries. The injury created a scenario for the Pacers to release Stuckey prior to the end of the regular season which invokes a rare provision in Stuck's contract which Zach Lowe mention in this podcast (47 minute mark).

The Minnesota Timberwolves were the latest team to give Lance Stephenson an audition, but after offering him two 10-day contracts, the Wolves made a decision to let Stephenson go.

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Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey will miss the next four to six weeks after straining his left patellar tendon in a game against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Stephenson can give the Pacers' second unit a boost in areas where they need it - namely ball handling, rebounding and defense.

Bird and the Pacers already know what Stephenson can do.

Question is, does that player still exist?

A 10-year National Basketball Association veteran, Stuckey resurrected his career after joining the Pacers in 2014 on a veteran minimum deal.

The Pacers still are battling for an Eastern Conference playoff bid as they now occupy the seventh seed.

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