Lance Stephenson has joined the Atlanta Hawks on 10-day contract. This comes as part of the league’s requirements to sign new players if they have at least 2 players under health & safety protocols.
The Atlanta Hawks are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 14-15 record. The last time Stephenson was in the league, he was a solid bench piece, averaging 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 16.5 minutes for the Lakers. In his prime, he played 26.6 minutes a game for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists a game.
Stephenson left the league after his 2018-2019 season, playing alongside LeBron, and played in China for the next season with the Liaoning Flying Leapords, until COVID hit.
Afterwards, he returned back to the U.S., improved his basketball ability, and got drafted 13th overall to the G-League team the Grand Rapids Gold, who are affiliated with the Denver Nuggets.
In an interview with HoopsHype that was conducted on December 3rd, Stephenson was asked what he thought he could bring to an NBA team right now. He responded, “Definitely veteran experience. I can help a team out with hitting open shots, knowing where to be at on the defensive end, making smart plays, and just being that guy that can be a leader, and help guys.”