Early Thursday morning, NBA player Lance Stevenson has decided to leave the NBA to play basketball across seas. Stevenson has decided to play basketball in China. The former Los Angeles Laker signed a one year contract for $4 million with the Liaoning Flying Leopards from the Chinese Basketball Association.
Lance Stevenson was unsigned after this year’s free agency madness in late June. Stevenson is only 28 years old and he has a lot of basketball left in him. Stevenson has played for the NBA for eight years. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the second round, the 40th pick in 2010.
As a Pacer, Stevenson was a driving force. He helped get the Pacers to the playoffs his first four years in the NBA. In 2013 and 2014 the Pacers were led to back to back Eastern Conference Finals. Stevenson was the piece they needed on their team. During both of those years, Stevenson had constant triple-doubles, which showed how stellar he was.
After Stevenson left the Pacers, he was on a few teams. He went from the Pacers to the Charlotte Hornets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Minnesota Timberwolves, back to the Pacers and then the Los Angeles Lakers. Stevenson has moved around a lot in the first eight years of his professional career. In the 2018-19 season with the Lakers, Stevenson averaged 7.2 points. He shot 37.1 percent from deep, which is low for him. He averages 3.2 total rebounds and 2.1 assists. He also played 68 games out of the NBA 82 game season. Stevenson had a rough 2018 season.
Steven wanted to go back to the Indiana Pacers however, the Pacers decided to decline his team option for the 2018- 2019 campaign. Stevenson has a lot of promise in the Chinese Basketball Association. Since Stevenson is still young, he has nothing but a bright future ahead of him.