Sport Pacers consider Lance Stephenson at point guard amid Paul George saga

00:10  20 june  2017
00:10  20 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Paul George addresses trade rumors: 'I'm a Pacer'

  Paul George addresses trade rumors: 'I'm a Pacer' With rumors swirling that Paul George was going to leave the Pacers, he reaffirmed that he will be staying in Indianapolis — for now. When the Pacers star was asked if he was going to remain with the team his answer was simple."I’m under contract as a Pacer," George said, via the IndyStar. "That’s all that needs to really be known. I’m here. I’m a Pacer." © (Getty Images) Paul George Key words: "Under contract."George, who is set to make $19.5 million next season before a player option in 2018, also denied the rampant rumors he is being courted by other teams, especially by the Lakers.

Should the Indiana Pacers consider bringing Lance Stephenson back when he is healthy? More from 8 Points , 9 Seconds. Rumor: Pacers are not interested in trading Paul George 17h ago.

Lance Stephenson ’s Road to Return. But first, let’s rewind and reflect on how Lance ’s career got to this point . The Indiana Pacers and Larry Bird selected the 6’6′ shooting guard Indiana is looking for some passion and aggression from players not named Paul George , and Lance can bring that.

Paul George's reported message to the Pacers – that he will enter free agency in 2018 with his sights set on the Lakers after his current contract is up – is sending ripple effects across the NBA.

As the Pacers listen to potential trades for George, Indiana has to prepare to rebuild without the four-time All-Star. One of the more entertaining subplots of the Paul George saga is a possible Pacers rebuild that features Lance Stephenson at point guard, according to the Indianapolis Star's Gregg Doyel.

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  Pacers consider Lance Stephenson at point guard amid Paul George saga © Getty Images

Aside from a 26-game stint with the Grizzlies, Stephenson has undoubtedly been at his best when playing in a Pacers uniform. Drafted by Indiana in 2010, Stephenson spent his first four seasons with the Pacers, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals twice. He bounced around the league for three seasons, playing for the Hornets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Pelicans and Timberwolves, before re-signing with the Pacers in March.

The Cavaliers swept the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, albeit by a total of 16 points – the lowest collective margin of victory in a sweep in NBA history, where Stephenson averaged 16 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on 50.9 percent shooting.

I, for one, am on board with a Lance Stephenson-powered offense in Indiana. After all, this is the same player who said his return to the Pacers would be like "Michael Jordan coming back to play in the NBA or something like that."

Hey, confidence is half the battle, right?

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