NBA rumors are stating that Lance Stephenson could become a free agent after the trade deadline expires on Thursday. The Los Angeles Clippers are currently working on a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Channing Frye, and according to the Los Angeles Times, the five-year veteran might be thrown into the mix. The Magic would more than likely then cut Stephenson, and he would be free to sign with a team heading towards the NBA Playoffs.
When Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets, he was expected to become their franchise player. However, that didn't work out too well, so the team moved on from him pretty quickly. The Los Angeles Clippers were hoping that they were getting a valuable rotation player to combat Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, but that didn't work out as well.
The Dallas Mavericks own on of the best environments in the NBA. Mark Cuban is the type of owner that players want to play for. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle understands the game of basketball as well as anyone else. Dirk Nowitzki is a franchise player but without the big ego. Lance Stephenson would provide the team with some depth and versatility at guard and forward, but he would need to become more of a team player to fit in.
Jimmy Butler has been asking the Chicago Bulls management team to find him some help on the perimeter. The losses of Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah have derailed the team a bit, but when Butler recovers from his knee injury, he's going to compete a spot in the NBA Playoffs. Lance Stephenson can back up Butler at shooting guard, and he can also be the starting small forward if the Bulls needed him to be.
Dion Waiters is the starting shooting guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team wouldn't mind giving him some help at that spot. Lance Stephenson can provide that. Waiters and Stephenson just need to contribute because much of the success of the team comes from the phenomenal play of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
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