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.