It was also reported later in the day that the team is reportedly to bringing back Lance Stephenson to in on a three-year contract. Haynes reports the first two years are guaranteed and the third is a team option.
Stephenson has averaged only 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 19.1 minutes per game over those 12 contests, and he ranks 292nd among 479 players with a -0.9 nERD on the year.
Stephenson with the Hornets did not work out and he has since become an National Basketball Association journeyman playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves the last two seasons. He's struggled all season long with injury.
He then appeared in six games for the T-Wolves on a 10-day contract, but they decided against bringing him back. George and Stephenson, the former teammates, chatted on the phone Wednesday before the Indiana Pacers' game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The move comes after guard Rodney Stuckey was waived, following a strained left patellar tendon. And he could have played a major key in the Pacers' epic second half collapse in the 2013-14 season behind the scenes. He surprised many by becoming a key player in IN in his third year with the team. Bird, as well as some of the leaders on the team, kept a close eye on Stephenson and gave him a steady stream of guidance.
Few question Lance Stephenson's talent, as he is an explosive player who has very good all-around skills.
Reaction to Stephenson's return has been mixed by fans.
Stephenson has garnered attention for his on-court antics, most notably blowing into LeBron James' ear during a playoff game in 2014. He lasted one year with Charlotte.
What the Indiana Pacers need right now is a shake-up of some kind - they are in a rut and have no real chance of making noise in the upcoming NBA Playoffs.