Jan 8, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) celebrates a made basket in the second half against the Utah Jazz at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

It appears the Pacers intend to keep fan favorite Lance Stephenson around a little while longer.

The team announced Friday it had signed the 31-year-old guard to yet another 10-day contract.

Indiana had previously inked Stephenson to contracts on Jan. 1 and Jan. 11 under the NBA's COVID-related hardship exception. As of Friday evening, the Pacers did not have any players listed in the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Stephenson has averaged 12.8 points off the bench in his seven-game stint with the Pacers this season.

In his first game back in Indianapolis -- where he played for the Pacers for the first four seasons of his career and again from 2017-18 -- he scored 30 points, including an NBA-record-setting 20 off the bench in the first quarter. No Pacer had ever scored 20 points in the first quarter before. He later dished out a career-high 14 assists in another game.

The Pacers visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday to tip off a five-game Western Conference road trip.