After recovering from a Grade 2 ankle sprain, the Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing in Lance Stephenson for a second 10-day contract.
The Timberwolves have officially signed Lance Stephenson to a second 10 Day Contract.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 8, 2017
Stephenson was originally brought in after it was announced that star Zach LaVine would miss the rest of the 2016-2017 season, due to a torn ACL in his left knee.
Timberwolves announce that G Zach LaVine has a torn left ACL and will require season-ending surgery. (Via. @ESPNSteinLine)
— Whirlwind NBA (@WhirlwindNBA) February 4, 2017
The Timberwolves are 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded, Denver Nuggets. If they want to make a push for the playoffs, Stephenson surely is one of the better options available. The seventh-seeded, Oklahoma City Thunder are too far out of reach to fall out of the playoffs, leaving only the eighth seed up for grabs.
During his first 10-day deal with Minnesota, Stephenson averaged 12.3 minutes per game. However, this was only four games and should the Timberwolves retain him for the season, those minutes would without a doubt go up.
He hasn’t been able to find a true home since his days with the Indiana Pacers. The Charlotte Hornets signed him to a 3-year, $27 million deal back in July of 2014, but it turned out to be a disaster for both sides. Stephenson was later dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes. Just a short while later, he was dealt again to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jeff Green.
Lance Stephenson played exceptional for the Grizzlies. He averaged 14.2 points and 2.8 assists per game respectively. Stephenson had looked like his old self again.
The Grizzlies chose not to re-sign the former Pacer standout, so Stephenson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. It didn’t work out there either. He was later waived, and the Pelicans signed Archie Goodwin.
It seems that Lance Stephenson is getting a legit shot with the Minnesota Timberwolves. If he can score the ball and set up the offense, there isn’t a reason as to why he wouldn’t be signed for the rest of the season, especially during a playoff push.