76ers Among Teams Present at Free Agent Lance Stephenson’s Private Workout.
For the 76ers, the NBA summer league season isn’t the only point of interest in Las Vegas, as veteran guard Lance Stephenson hosted a private workout in Vegas this morning. A few Sixers representatives were in attendance, according to NBA insider Chris Haynes. Stephenson, who has been out of the league for two seasons, is eyeing a return to the NBA and could help out the Sixers for little cost.
Lance Stephenson will turn 31 at the start of September, meaning he still has a couple good years left by NBA standards. Stephenson’s latest season saw him average seven points off the bench for the Lakers in the 2018-19 season. While Lance’s stats certainly don’t jump off the page, everyone knows the value he can bring outside the box score. Stephenson made a name for himself in the league as a scrappy defender, who thrives when he’s getting into opponents heads. Outside of that, Lance can really bring a team together with his goofy celebrations and antics that seem to boost the morale of whichever team he plays for.
While it isn’t hard to see why Lance Stephenson has been out of the league from a pure stats perspective, I don’t see any harm to the 76ers giving Lance a vet minimum contract. If Stephenson looks good in workouts, adding another league veteran to the Sixers rotation is always helpful. Not only do I believe Lance would do wonders for the locker room, but could help coach some of the young stars in the Sixers organization that have been balling out in the summer league. Acquiring Lance Stephenson feels similar to the signing of Andre Drummond. If you can get him for little cost, there’s no reason to not give Stephenson a shot with the 76ers.