Sources: Pelicans plan to release Lance Stephenson

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Lance Stephenson played just six games for the Pelicans. (Getty Images)
Lance Stephenson played just six games for the Pelicans. (Getty Images)

The New Orleans Pelicans plan to release injured guard Lance Stephenson and sign free-agent guard Archie Goodwin, league sources told The Vertical.

Goodwin will sign a two-year contract with New Orleans, sources said.

Stephenson, 26, will undergo surgery for a groin injury and is expected to be sidelined six-to-10 weeks, sources said. He joined the Pelicans on a partially guaranteed contract for training camp and played well as a reserve guard this season.

Goodwin, 22, is expected to join the Pelicans for Monday’s road game against the Golden State Warriors. He was waived last month after three seasons with the Phoenix Suns and now will have an opportunity to earn a rotation spot for the Pelicans, who are without guards Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter.

Goodwin averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 19.5 minutes in 57 games last season. He was the No. 29 overall pick in 2013 after one season at Kentucky.

Stephenson, who has also played with Indiana, Charlotte, the Los Angeles Clippers and Grizzlies, is in his seventh season and has averaged 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and three assists in his career. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in six games with New Orleans this season.

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