Lance Stephenson signed a one-year, $4.45 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers back in July as a part of the team's transformation into a potential championship contender this season.
LeBron James' arrival at the team has been the main reason behind this expectation, but Stephenson will certainly be looking to play his part despite his past relationship with the four-time MVP.
Despite their past relationship though, Stephenson expects the game to ‘come easy’ playing alongside LeBron and also believes he'll be an easy fit with Luke Walton’s fast-paced style of play.
He said, according to Scott Agness of The Athletic: “They play my type of basketball, run and gun. And then we got LeBron. You got a guy like that on your team and the game will come easy.
"So, I just have to play my role — hit open jump shots, attack the rim, hit free throws, play great defense — and I think I’ll be all right.”
Stephenson's trainer, Rob Blackwell, has been working on his jump shot in hopes of becoming the Lakers' source of perimeter scoring.
“His shot is sound. I just don’t think it’s his first option. So what we did was try to make him focus on the shot being his first option.
"His first option has been to put the ball on the floor and take his guy. That’s always his first option. He passes up so many wide-open shots as we went through video.
“We felt like he’s going to get a lot of spot-up opportunities playing with LeBron and playing with those guys who stretch the floor and rely on him to be able to catch-and-shoot and knock down shots, as well as be a tough defender.”
Stephenson averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 82 games for the Indiana Pacers last season.
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