LeBron James shook the basketball world by joining the Los Angeles Lakers and now something even more incredible has happened.
He’s going to be teammates with Lance Stephenson.
Acccording to Chris Haynes, Stephenson has agreed to a 1-year, $4.5 million deal with the Lakers and instead of getting on LeBron’s last nerve as an opponent, he’ll now be on the same side as the player who has knocked him out of the playoffs five times.
The whole scenario sounds like some strange idea for a network sitcom where two players with a large backstory of intense playoff moments and hilarity end up on the same team and become friends. Maybe Lance ends up appearing in the rumored Space Jam sequel?
Stephenson was rumored to be a possibility to join the Cavaliers the same season that he ended up rejoining Indiana. The fit next to James is questionable as Stephenson needs the ball a lot to be his best self, but there’s no reason to take possessions away from James. It’ll be entertaining to see how this plays out.
Lance Stephenson said goodbye on Instagram to Indiana.
Stephenson was a free agent because the Indiana Pacers declined his team option for the upcoming season, citing the desire for cap flexibility.
Stephenson was a fan favorite and will go down as an Indiana legend, but it’ll be very strange to see him play by LeBron’s side in a Lakers uniform.