Milwaukee Bucks Rumors: Team is attending Lance Stephenson’s workout

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 02 (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks have certainly been busy on this Friday the 13th by making several headlines before the clock strikes noon.

The first order of business came early in the morning when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Bucks had re-signed Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a new two-year deal. It was a largely expected move that the team would eventually come to terms with the fan-favorite, but it was their next move that came as more of a surprise.

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As initially reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Bucks are among four teams that are expected to send reps to a private workout in Las Vegas this morning for former NBA player Lance Stephenson.

Last playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018-19 season, the 30-year-old has been lobbying for an NBA comeback for quite some time now, and it appears that the Bucks will be among the teams to see if he could help their squad.

Could the Milwaukee Bucks be the team to give Lance Stephenson another shot in the NBA?

Although Stephenson has been out of the league for several years, the interest he is reportedly getting from some of the top teams in the league is entertainable.

Teams are currently looking to put the finishing touches to their respective rosters with the most well-known free agents off the board. With Stephenson being a household name in this league, taking a look at him certainly would not hurt. While he was never a superstar, Stephenson was a quality role player for several seasons, most notably with the Indiana Pacers in the early 2010s. For his career, which has spanned for nine years, Stephenson has averaged 8.6 points on .444/.315/.685 shooting splits while grabbing 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

While he could be an interesting addition for several teams, the Bucks would not exactly be the greatest fit for the journeyman. Shooting just 31.5 percent from three for his career, the guard has always been a lousy outside shooter, which the Bucks typically avoid. Shooting is always a prime for the team due to their need to space the floor, something they emphasized adding in free agency after their title run. Shooting aside, the Bucks still would not likely hand Stephenson a prime role in the rotation, considering their wing lineup is already in a logjam following a busy offseason full of moves.

There are also question marks surrounding the shape he is in, as there is with any player that is pitching a comeback into the NBA. If the Bucks are looking for an end-of-the-bench guy who could make occasional appearances and bring experience to the table, sure, their interest is justifiable to some degree. Attending these workouts is nothing new for the Bucks as they were on the record attending separate workouts for Joe Johnson and former Buck Brandon Knight last season as they looked to add some depth to the bench, but neither got signed.

Following the move to re-sign Thanasis, the Bucks seemed pretty much done tweaking their roster, and understandably so. Retooling the bench with names like Grayson Allen, Rodney Hood, Semi Ojeleye, and George Hill while also bringing back Bobby Portis was more than enough to satisfy fans that were interested to see how the front office could improve this team. With their roster flexibility out the window, it would take some string-pulling to make any further moves, but their rumored attendance to this workout for Stephenson signals that they might not be done adding pieces just yet.

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Stephenson would not exactly be a seamless fit, but if the team is looking to bring another experienced veteran into the fold, he could be a worthy target for cheap.