May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (left) stands next to Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (right) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Could Lance Stephenson Help The Chicago Bulls?

Indiana Pacers’ shooting guard Lance Stephenson certainly was a major storyline in the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Pacers.

Though, the argument could be made that Stephenson was a storyline for the wrong reason. Throughout the series, Stephenson was singled out for actions that included flopping, sneaking into the Heat’s huddle, blowing into LeBron James‘ ear, as well as playfully slapping James.

Stephenson arguably was more of a distraction for the Pacers because of the aforementioned actions than he was an asset because of his production on the court. Because of that reason there has been some question over whether or not Stephenson will return to the Pacers next season.

Larry Bird, who operates as the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, indicated that he has interest in Stepehenson returning to the Pacers next season.

“I think his ceiling is what he wants it to be,” said Bird. “I always want him back. You just don’t let talent like that walk away if you can help it.”-Larry Bird

Stephenson certainly is talented. The 23-year old Stephenson averaged 13.8 points per game while starting for the Pacers last season and shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. Needless to say, the potential is there for Stephenson to grow into a top tier guard in the NBA.

Stephenson is set to become a free agent this season and could draw interest from the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls are in desperate need of a shooter and Stephenson would certainly fit the bill.

In his first full season as a starter, Bulls’ shooting guard Jimmy Butler has proved to be inconsistent as a shooter. While there certainly is a case to be made that Butler can improve with a healthy Derrick Rose returning, the Bulls likely will want to avoid risking the chance that Butler continues to be inconsistent.

In an off-season that has the Bulls heavily linked to Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love, Stephenson may be seem as a step down from the team’s top two targets. But, considering the outside chances that the Bulls have at acquiring Anthony or Love, Stephenson also may be the most realistic option for the Bulls in the off-season.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    No! We don’t need the shannigans of this player on our Bulls team. I don’t care about his talent but CHARACTER is an integral leadership trait that eludes Lance and would clearly be a distraction we don’t need! Winning or even seriously competing for NBA Championships are difficult as is, so too have distractions from the one mindset of the Bulls One Goal of winning that Championship and simultaneously dealing with his in maturity and on-court antics, not to mention any off-court issues that may or may not surface, are not viable chances for our Bulls to risk! Notwithstanding, you may say, well we had Dennis Rodman and how did that work out and my counter is we had strong leaders, e.g., Jordan, Pippen, & da Coach Jackson and Zen Master, so in essence, the Bulls had a three-headed leadership, that could in effect keep Rodman at bey and not allow his on or off-court antics disrupt their mindset and it worked back2back2back–3NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS…moreover, this current group of Bulls, although strong in leaders don’t need to babysit a Lance while he deals with maturation processes! Go Bulls