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Lance Stephenson | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (10) / IND
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Lance Stephenson is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from the groin tear, and there's a chance he could be cleared to return to the court by mid-January.
While this is all well and good, Stephenson doesn't currently have a team to return to as he was let go by the Pelicans upon suffering the groin injury. Once healthy, Born Ready should be able to earn himself a roster spot with an NBA team, and it's worth noting that back in November sources of Marc Stein indicated that the Pelicans could be interested in a reunion. Jan 1 - 3:50 PM

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The Pelicans have officially waived Lance Stephenson (groin).

He's going to be sidelined for 6-10 weeks after he undergoes surgery on his groin, but the Pelicans will assist him with his rehab. The team waived him in order to clear up a roster spot for Archie Goodwin, but Marc Stein of ESPN reported that they are open to re-signing him once he's healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Lance Stephenson will undergo surgery on his groin and is expected to be sidelined for 6-10 weeks.

The Pelicans are planning on waiving Stephenson to make room for Archie Goodwin. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in six games with the Pelicans, and hopefully another NBA team will give him a chance once he's healthy again. This timetable means he could return to the court prior to Christmas, but that's pushing it.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 09:39:00 AM

The Pelicans plan on waiving Lance Stephenson to make room for Archie Goodwin, per Shams Charania of the Vertical.

Stephenson needs surgery and will be on the shelf for a long time, but ESPN's Marc Stein reports that New Orleans is still weighing their options. Stephenson is averaging 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 27 minutes per game, but once healthy he'll need an ideal situation to duplicate those numbers.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:36:00 PM

Lance Stephenson's (groin surgery) timetable is expected to be measured in "weeks, and not days," according to Justin Verrier of ESPN.

Well yeah, he's going to require surgery, so obviously he's not getting back to the court any time soon. He's currently listed as "out indefinitely," and it'll be Solomon Hill, Buddy Hield and E'Twaun Moore all trying to pick up the slack with Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) also with uncertain timetables to return to the court.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Lance Stephenson has a groin injury that will require surgery and sideline him indefinitely.

Just when he was rolling, this bad injury happens. Stephenson has closed out the last two games with minutes at both wing spots, so now the Pelicans will have to lean more on Solomon Hill the most. We'll see more from both Buddy Hield and E'Twaun Moore, as well. Plus, Lance's absence should help the point guards because he was running the offense.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:55:00 PM

Lance Stephenson made 9-of-15 FGs to finish Wednesday's tough loss with 21 points, six assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes.

Stephenson's playmaking earned him a roster spot ahead of Alonzo Gee during training camp, and thus far he's been a valuable offensive weapon for the second unit. With shaky shooting and a total of two steals and one block all season, Stephenson is still going to be an inconsistent fantasy option.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 11:41:00 PM

Lance Stephenson scored 15 points with eight rebounds, six assists and two turnovers vs. the Warriors on Friday.

A week ago, the Pelicans were still trying to decide between Stephenson and Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot, and now he's playing 31 minutes against the heavy favorites for the NBA title. Stephenson also played 26 minutes in the opener, so it looks like he will be a significant part of the rotation, at least until Tyreke Evans (knee) returns in late-November to early-December.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 12:49:00 AM

Lance Stephenson came off the bench for eight points, three boards, three assists and one steal in his Pelicans' debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 shots in 26 minutes of action.

"With the injuries to Tyreke and Jrue not being with the team, we felt we needed a little more playmaking," said GM Dell Demps. "[Lance] can go out and create and make plays for others." The Pelicans can assuredly use any help they can get for Anthony Davis, as they lost to the Nuggets tonight despite a ridiculous 50-point performance from their resident MVP.
Source: NBA.com
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 12:17:00 AM

Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 09:29:00 AM

Lance Stephenson scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting Wednesday morning, to go with five assists, two rebounds and one turnover through 23 minutes of action.

This was a decent outing for Stephenson, who is trying to prove that he’s worth a roster spot in New Orleans, and he’s now averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 assists over his first four preseason games. There’s a chance he could begin the year with some low-end value in deep leagues while Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) are sidelined, but he’s still nowhere near consideration in standard formats.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 10:09:00 AM

John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune expects Lance Stephenson to make the 15-man roster at the expense of Alonzo Gee.

Gee is on the books for $1.4 million, while Stephenson signed a $1.2 million deal with only $100,000 in guaranteed money. The Pelicans will need Stephenson's playmaking ability with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) unavailable, so this makes sense. Gee has also been an afterthought in the preseason so far.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Lance Stephenson said that he's expecting to be one of the primary ball handlers in New Orleans while Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) are sidelined.

"Oh, of course. That’s basically part of my game," Stephenson said when asked if he expects to handle the ball more often in New Orleans. "Whatever the coach tells me to do." Stephenson's deal with the Pelicans is only partially guaranteed, so he'll need to impress at camp in order to make the team. He's only worth a late-round flier in deep leagues given that his value will likely fall apart once the team is at full strength.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:03:00 PM

Lance Stephenson's contract with the Pelicans is only partially guaranteed.

Of the $1.22 million that Stephenson signed for, only $100,000 is guaranteed, so he'll need to impress Alvin Gentry during training camp in order to find himself a spot on the regular-season roster. New Orleans already has 15 guaranteed deals on the books for the 2016-17 season, although Born Ready could fill a need for the team early on as Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) will be begin the year on the sidelines. If Stephenson does earn himself a roster spot, it'll most likely come at the expense of Alonzo Gee.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1Buddy Hield
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Solomon Hill
2Tyreke Evans
3Quincy Pondexter
PF1Dante Cunningham
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
4Donatas Motiejunas
C1Anthony Davis
2Omer Asik
3Alexis Ajinca