June 19, 2017, 11:33 am
The Pacers have found themselves on the brink of a rebuilding scenario with yesterday’s Paul George news, and Gregg Doyel of the Indy Star is hearing that GM Kevin Pritchard may be willing to use Lance Stephenson as the team’s point guard.
Stephenson is back in Indiana after some dreadful stints across the league but seemed to be reinvigorated after joining the Pacers last season. With the team likely to trade George quickly and unlikely to get maximum value in return, there’s little choice but to rebuild. It doesn’t make a ton of sense for the team to commit big money to Jeff Teague, despite both parties’ willingness to reunite, if the Pacers are intent on bottoming out. What they end up getting for PG-13 will have a huge influence on how things unfold but it’s very tough to see a George-less team seriously competing, even with Myles Turner and Teague on board. Stephenson has the ball-handling chops to run the point and will do so cheaply, allowing the team to spend their dollars differently or leave space to take on bad contracts that might come with draft picks. Born Ready could emerge as a serious fantasy option if he’s given the starting job, though he might do some serious damage in terms of efficiency or turnovers.