Practically all week long, you’ve heard numerous rumors from an plethora of sources that the struggling Lance Stephenson, could possibly return to home in a trade.
Although this is mostly talk, and the 2 teams haven’t been in serious talks. It could still be possible. Lance has struggled dearly all season, averaging 10.3 points per game, and shooting an atrocious 7-27 from 3. The Hornets naturally want to quickly dispose of their at first, exciting offseason acquisition.
Well you might ask; would it be the right thing for the Pacers? To be honest, no. Lance caused to many chemistry issues, and was ultimately more of a problem than an asset. Of course he put up great numbers, but that can be deceiving.
He is seen as a solid passer, and averaged nearly 5 assist a season ago; but those assists lie. They deceive, letting you think he isn’t selfish, and helps the team. The only circumstance Lance would pass is, a sure fire score (more assists for him).
With Lance gone, the void has been filled by Rodney Stucket and C.J. Miles who have been doing a fine job. And when George Hill was asked about the possibility of Stephenson’s he stated, “We have a lot of guys filling the void…so i think it would be unfair to them”.
Now of course the NBA isn’t about fairness, but feel free to read between the lines on the quote. George Hill, most likely thinks they’re better off without him.
Frank Vogel had a similar thought when questioned “I dont have any comments on that… I love the togetherness we’re building”. Its almost blatantly obvious that Vogel, thinks that the team has built a better chemistry without him around. So the likeliness of this trade, slips a little, yet still doesn’t make it impossible.
On paper this would make sense. Say trading David West and Rodney Stuckey for Lance and maybe a younger power forward such as Cody Zeller or Noah Vonleh; that makes sense for the future. But Larry Bird seems very imminent on getting a first round pick in the deal, and wont likely wont even discus a trade unless one is included.
Everyone in this organization believes in the current roster, and it coaching staff. Despite the 8-17 record. So don’t expect a Lance trade, unless a first round pick is involved.
May I remind you that Lance left Indiana, and Larry Bird; the man who groomed him, for a smaller contract and a worse team. Maybe he needs to pay the price.