Latest News on Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 04: Lance Stephenson #6 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the 108-90 win over the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers will have to try some outside-the-box thinking to survive if Paul George does leave this summer, and that could include putting Lance Stephenson in a bigger role.

According to Gregg Doyel of the Indy Star, general manager Kevin Pritchard is considering putting Stephenson at point guard to lead the rebuilding process. The 26-year-old apparently “looks great” after losing 10 pounds.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported George’s plans to leave Indiana when he becomes a free agent in 2018. The team has since discussed potential trades with several teams to move him before the start of next season in an effort to kickstart the rebuilding process.

With point guard Jeff Teague also a free agent this summer, the Pacers have a lot of question marks going forward.

One of the solutions could be seeing what the team has in Stephenson. The shooting guard was a key part of the Pacers’ success from 2010-14, but he struggled mightily over the past few years, playing for five different organizations over the past three seasons.

He returned to Indiana at the end of last year, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 assists in six games. He then looked as good as ever in the postseason, averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during the first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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