The Lance Stephenson era in New Orleans is over. At least, that’s what a report from Yahoo! Sports says after the mercurial guard was recently announced as out for 6-to-10 weeks due to a groin injury and subsequent surgery.
Pelicans fans will need to brush up on their Phoenix Suns tape as the team reportedly plans to sign Archie Goodwin to a 2-year deal once the roster spot is vacated by Stephenson.
It’s yet another disappointment for Stephenson, who fell from grace after acting as a catalyst on a championship-hopeful Indiana Pacers team until 2013-14.
In subsequent years, Stephenson spent time in Charlotte, Memphis, and with the Clippers, all without finding enough traction for a large deal. His last contract with the Pelicans was only partially guaranteed.
Goodwin, meanwhile, gets another chance rather quickly. The former No. 29 overall pick from the 2013 NBA Draft was released by the Suns back in October.
The Pelicans have been a disappointment, and appear to be on their way of wasting another year of Anthony Davis going nuclear on opposing frontcourts. Any help they can get at the wing and guard positions is a plus, and I don’t blame them for not waiting around on Stephenson.
Goodwin has been equally disappointing, although with glimpses of improvement, so it will be interesting to see if there’s some cohesion between him and New Orleans as they both try to get back on track.