Lance Stephenson Signs Deal, NBA Spot is Waiting

Break out the air guitar, Lance Stephenson has taken the next step towards rejoining an NBA roster, signing a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, with their G League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.

As noted by NBA Insider Michael Scotto, the T'Wolves do have an open NBA roster spot. He once played in six games for Minnesota in the 2016-17 season.

The 10-year NBA veteran and fan favorite, Stephenson last played in the league with the Indiana Pacers in the  2021-22 season, and he put on his usual show for the Indianapolis fans, and performed well off the bench in about 19 minutes a night, averaging 9.3 points and 3.9 assists in 40 games. Those numbers were better than his career marks of 8.6 points and 2.9 assists, in 554 games.

He played a bit last year in Puerto Rico, with four games with Leones de Ponce, where he averaged 20.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 31 minutes per night. 

Now 33, Stephenson would love one more shot at the pros, and the G League route could be his way in. And with the T'Wolves having an open roster spot, it'll be worth keeping an eye on how he performs at Iowa. The last time he played in the G was in that 2021-22 season, when he put up stellar numbers, posting 20 points a game, 8.3 boards and 4 assists for the Grand Rapids Gold.

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