Boston Celtics Should Take a Flyer on Lance Stephenson

By Eddie Santiago
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics have a couple needs going into next year, and one of them is at the shooting guard position. Avery Bradley is set to be a free agent, and is undersized for the position. He’s a great defender but can’t deal with taller guards.

A player the Celtics should look at is Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers. He’s a pending free agent and had a controversial end to the season. He did some outlandish things after being snubbed from the All-Star game, which he deserved to be an All-Star.

Stephenson, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, had career highs in several categories including points, rebounds, assists and minutes. He also led the league in triple-doubles with five of them this season. So he has the talent, it’s just a matter of him getting his head on straight.

On the Celtics he would fit in perfectly next to Jeff Green on the wing, and with Rajon Rondo leading the way that could be a solid threesome to go forward with. Green wouldn’t have to carry the load each and every night, and he’d have space on the floor with Lance being able to shoot the 3-ball.

Being a stable organization like the Celtics would also be a help to Stephenson. No disrespect to the Pacers, but they became a really dysfunctional bunch, in the locker room and the front office, since the All-Star break.

Stephenson wouldn’t be forced to handle the ball as often as he does with the Pacers, so he’ll have to work on getting open without the ball and how to run off screens and such.

The Celtics will have an estimated $10 million in cap space, and with reports out there that Stephenson’s market has started to dry up why not take a look at him. He’s talented, only 23 years old (so there’s room for growth) and in the right situation can become a star in this league.

Eddie Santiago is a Boston Celtics writer for You can follow him on twitter, facebook or google+.

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