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Nets sign Archie Goodwin to multiyear contract

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Archie Goodwin to a multiyear contract.

Goodwin has played in seven games since signing the first of two 10-day contracts on March 25. He has averaged 6.6 points while shooting 57.1 percent (16 of 28) from the field.

Goodwin was a first-round pick in the 2013 draft out of Kentucky and has previously played for Phoenix and New Orleans. He has averaged 6.2 points in 160 games.

The Nets visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Report: Despite slow start, don’t expect Wizards to make move

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If you’re going to list the most disappointing teams to start the season, the Washington Wizards would be at the top of the list. A team with playoff aspirations, the Wizards are 5-10, they have a pedestrian offense and bottom 10 defense to this point, John Wall and Bradley Beal have been good but not great when paired (+3.1 per 100 possessions, via NBA.com), the bench has been a mess, they’ve had a few injuries (what team hasn’t?), and we could go on but you get the idea.

Is it time to think major changes in our nation’s capital — and not just at the White House?

Don’t bet on it. From J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com, via the insider’s report at CSNNE.com.

The chances that the Wizards make a roster move now? Despite a sub-.500 record, that still remains very unlikely.

League sources told CSNmidatlantic.com that the Wizards had discussions about Archie Goodwin, released by the New Orleans Pelicans, but that didn’t go anywhere…

The defensive effort has gotten better and with Ian Mahinmi back to help bolster the second unit, team president Ernie Grunfeld doesn’t seem likely to make a decision this early. Giving up on rookies such as Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu, all three on non-guarantees that are a minimal hit on the salary cap, to clear a roster spot wouldn’t make sense at this stage either.

The Wizards are about a year away from being in the Sacramento Kings’ shoes, where their star may be looking to bolt and they have a decision to make. John Wall has two seasons left on his contract after this one, and Bradley Beal just re-signed this summer. They have time to put other pieces around those two and see of Scott Brooks can work his magic.

If the Wizards don’t make the playoffs this season, then start next season slowly again, the conversation starts to take on some urgency. But don’t expect a bold move at the trade deadline.

If the Wizards don’t make the playoffs, the pressure — and maybe ax — will fall not on Brooks but on Grunfeld.

Report: Pelicans to sign Anthony Brown out of D-League

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The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for a little more shooting and depth on the wings, and they’ve reached into the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League.

Anthony Brown was the last cut of the Lakers at the end of training camp and was the first pick in the D-League draft, and he tore up the minor league getting 29.3 points per game and shooting 65 percent from three. Now he’s getting a shot in the Big Easy, according to Marc Stein.

The Pelicans waived guard Archie Goodwin to make room.

The Lakers had hoped Brown could be part of their young core, play the role of a “3&D” wing, except that he never really pulled that off on either end (he shot 28.6 percent from three last season). His performance in the preseason wasn’t bad but couldn’t get him a roster spot in Los Angeles. That said, he deserved a shot somewhere.

This is a minimum, not guaranteed contract.

Report: Pelicans to release Lance Stephenson, sign Archie Goodwin

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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.

Archie Goodwin requests trade, Suns waive him

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Archie Goodwin had been stuck behind better guards with the Suns, most notably Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

But when Goodwin lost playing time to someone better and younger – Devin Booker – it became time to exit Phoenix.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough complied.

Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:

McDonough said they did not see a way Goodwin would play meaningful time in a fourth Suns season.

“We told Archie Goodwin and his agent at the end of last season that if there wasn’t going to be an opportunity for him to play going into the last year of his deal, that we would try to help him get to a good spot,” McDonough said. “We explored some trade scenarios throughout the summer and into the fall. We tried to help him get elsewhere in a trade.“

Unable to fulfill a trade request from the Goodwin camp, the Suns waived the 22-year-old

This allows Phoenix to keep two players without guaranteed salaries, John Jenkins and Derrick Jones Jr.

Jenkins, the No. 23 pick in the 2012 draft, previous played for the Hawks and Mavericks. He looks like a good spot-up shooter and shot well from beyond the arc in Phoenix after being claimed on waivers last season. But he was dreadful from beyond the arc in Dallas and has had other lulls prior. Despite quality defensive rebounding for a shooting guard, he’s a defensive minus.

Undrafted out of UNLV, Jones is a phenomenal athlete. But he needs to develop his skills and, at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds, his body. He’s an intriguing project.

So was Goodwin, but the guard didn’t progress enough in three NBA seasons. He remains a lousy 3-point shooter and unreliable defender. His ability to penetrate goes only so far without better finishing or floor vision.

Goodwin’s athleticism and raw tools could convince a team to take a flier on him. But he has a long way to go to being a helpful NBA player. The team that knows him best being willing to let him walk says something.