The always great Zach Lowe wrote his normal Tuesday column today and this week his topic was the impeding free agency of Pacers enigmatic guard Lance Stephenson.
In that column Lowe mentioned a few destinations for Stephenson including the Hornets, Pistons, Pacers and surprisingly the Pelicans.
Lots of rival executives mentioned the Pelicans, but it’s hard to see a match on either side.
The idea is interesting to say the least. Any sign-and-trade to make the move happen would probably have to involve Eric Gordon, a player that the Pelicans probably want to get rid of anyway, to clear enough cap room to make a contract that Stephenson would want fit under the team’s cap.
In all reality making a move for Stephenson seems highly unlikely as Lowe said. If the only thing that the Pacers get from sign-and-trading Lance away is Eric Gordon’s bad contract it seems likely that they will just let Lance walk and decide not to help him. Things may be different if Gordon was healthy but with the amount of games he has missed over the last few years it is hard to see why a team that has aspirations on contending for a title would decide to bring him in. The only way that the move seems possible is if New Orleans finds a way to get a third team involved that could send some type of useful asset to the Pacers, take Gordon and his contract from the Pelicans and allow Stephenson to come to New Orleans.
The fit for Stephenson in New Orleans would be interesting. Pelican Debrief will have more on that later on today but a potential lineup of Jrue Holiday, Stephenson and Tyreke Evans is intriguing due to its versatility in defense, ball handling and shot creation. He also fits nicely into the younger core of the Pelicans due to being just 23 years old at the moment.
It also starts the rumor mill that is likely to go on in the next few weeks. Make sure to stay tuned to Pelican Debrief for reaction to all of those things as they happen going forward and check back today for more on the potential fit of Lance in New Orleans if they can find a way to make it happen.