Los Angeles Lakers: Lance Stephenson signs one-year deal in China

Former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Lance Stephenson is taking his talent overseas.

Former Los Angeles Laker Lance Stephenson has found a new home. Stephenson has signed a one-year, $4 million agreement with the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The nine-year NBA veteran who started off playing for the Indiana Pacers and helped lead them to back to back Eastern Conference Finals will continue his basketball career overseas in China.

Following some short stops with the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Minnesota Timberwolves, Stephenson signed with the Lakers last year where he had a productive season with them.

Last season Lance Stephenson was one of the veterans who mainly came off the bench for the Lakers. Stephenson played in 68 games for the Lakers and started in three of them. In sixteen minutes per game, he averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

Most Laker and NBA fans will remember Lance’s yo-yo like handles and crossover moves which would drop defenders and his famous air-guitar celebration after a dazzling play. His streetball style and flashy passes will help turn heads overseas. Lance was always there to give the Lakers a spark off the bench when they needed it the most.

After not being signed by any NBA teams this offseason, Stephenson will take his talents overseas to China where he will play for the Liaoning Flying Leopards. The Flying Leopards won their first CBA championship two years ago and reached the semi-finals this past season, finishing as one of the top four teams in the CBA.

The CBA foreign players policy is that each team can have a maximum of only two foreign players. Another former Laker, Brandon Bass, has played overseas for the Flying Leopards since the 2017-18 season. Michael Beasley, who also played for the Lakers this past season, will be playing in China for the Guandong Southern Tigers.

At 28 years old Lance Stephenson still has some years of basketball left and hopefully, he can make it back onto an NBA roster.