Pacers lose Stuckey for 4-6 weeks with injured left knee

Posted March 30, 2017

The Indiana Pacers and shooting guard Lance Stephenson have reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year, $12 million contract.

The deal to acquire the 6-5, 230-pound guard, who played his first four seasons in Indianapolis, comes the morning after Pacers superstar Paul George harshly criticized his teammates.

Stephenson's first stint in IN didn't end so well, and his career fell off a cliff once he left town, but at this point in the season, there aren't many players as talented as Stephenson available.

Stephenson has garnered attention for his on-court antics, most notably blowing into LeBron James' ear during a playoff game in 2014.

Rodney Stuckey's third season in IN did not go so smoothly, as the veteran guard was averaging career-lows in minutes (17.8 per game), points, (7.2 per game), and shooting percentage (37.3 percent).

Stuckey injured his left patellar tendon two night's ago and was ultimately determine to not be in the team's plans for next season. In three seasons with IN, he averaged 10.1 points and 2.6 assists.

Stuckey has averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds in his career with Detroit and Indiana.

Stephenson was originally drafted by the Pacers in the 2010 draft with the 40th overall pick.

Pacers president Larry Bird knows exactly what he's getting with Stephenson, however, and maybe giving him some security with a deal that's guaranteed for two years will help revive the 26-year old's career.