Lakers Nation Debate: Should The Lakers Pursue Lance Stephenson?
[new_royalslider id=”151″]

Topic: As one of the best unrestricted free agents available, but also a bit of a hot head, should the Lakers pursue Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson this off-season?

Context: The Lakers are in the midst of a re-build with only three players under contract right now. The team has only one draft pick and very little to offer in a trade, meaning the team is most likely to do most of its work in free agency.

— Think You Know Everything About The 2000’s Lakers? Take The Ultimate Fan Quiz! —

There are many options available, both restricted and unrestricted, but one of the most intriguing is Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson — an unrestricted free agent.

Stephenson has made a lot of headlines for his antics during the Eastern Conference Finals. Trying to get inside the head of LeBron James, Stephenson was seen blowing into James’ ear, tapping James on the chin, and smacking Norris Cole in the face.

Not to mention, with the Pacers going into a complete tailspin over the second half of the season, Stephenson was believed to have played a role in the Pacers’ struggles. Even star player Paul George couldn’t give a straight answer when asked if he wanted Stephenson back on the Pacers next year.

The talent of Stephenson is impossible to deny, however. He averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, and nearly five assists while leading the NBA with five triple-doubles. Additionally, his length and strength allows him to guard three positions effectively.

Stephenson is the ultimate risk-reward case for NBA teams. If a team can channel his intensity and limit his antics, he offers a lot on the court, but does that mean he is a fit in purple and gold?

Verdict: We went to Twitter and asked our Lakers Nation faithful, should the Lakers pursue Lance Stephenson in free agency? And if so, how much is he worth? These are some of the responses:

The Lakers Nation faithful is relatively split, but leaning towards the stay away from Stephenson camp. His antics over the last season clearly did not endear him to most fans. I, however, am in the minority on this subject.

Metta World Peace became one of the most beloved Lakers in recent memory. He took ill-advised shots, did some un-intelligent things both on and off the court, and constantly had to work to control his emotions.

But at the end of the day, you could rely on him to play his heart out every night, and I believe the same holds for Stephenson. The Lakers need toughness, someone who won’t be pushed around. Since World Peace and Fisher left, the Lakers have lacked that edge.

Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear!

Not to mention, Stephenson is extremely talented and has shown that he can guard players bigger than him because of his length and strength. If a player can not be overpowered by LeBron James, then he can guard pretty much anyone.

The key to bringing Stephenson in, however, will be having a strong head coach. Someone who commands respect, like a Byron Scott, would be able to rein in Stephenson’s negatives and show off the positives. With the right coach, Stephenson is worth the risk for around $6-9 million per year in my opinion.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Kobe Bryant’s Jealous Of Tim Duncan?


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…