NBA Winless Pelicans waive Stephenson, expected to add Goodwin

The Pelicans lost Stephenson to a groin injury that was expected to require surgery and mean several weeks out

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Lance Stephenson, pictured in action on March 7, 2016, has averaged 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 340 career regular-season NBA games with Indiana, Charlotte, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Pelicans play

Lance Stephenson, pictured in action on March 7, 2016, has averaged 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 340 career regular-season NBA games with Indiana, Charlotte, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Pelicans

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Winless New Orleans, carrying an NBA-worst 0-6 record, released injured guard Lance Stephenson on Monday, opening a roster spot expected to go to former Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin.

The Pelicans lost Stephenson to a groin injury that was expected to require surgery and mean several weeks out of the lineup for the NBA veteran, who was averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds this season.

"It's tough," Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said. "He was doing a lot of good stuff for us. It has kind of been our M.O. (modus operandi) all year. We have just got to do more. We're going to have guys come in who will have to pick it up."

New Orleans was already lacking Jrue Holiday, absent for personal reasons, as well as Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter, both recovering from knee surgery.

Goodwin has averaged 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game in three seasons with the Suns, who released him two weeks ago. He inicated the Pelicans had struck a deal with him in a Twitter posting.

"A huge thanks to the @PelicansNBA organization. Forever grateful. Chapter 4 officially begins," Goodwin tweeted.

Stephenson has averaged 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 340 career regular-season NBA games with Indiana, Charlotte, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Pelicans.

"Lance was coming into his own and getting comfortable," Pelicans guard Solomon Hill said. "Now we've just got to figure things out again."

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