Lance Stephenson Injury: Updates on Forward's Recovery from Groin Surgery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 2:  Lance Stephenson #5 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 2, 2016 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Lance Stephenson suffered a groin injury that will require surgery, and the New Orleans Pelicans have waived him as a result. It is uncertain when he will return to action, though he is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Continue for updates.


Latest on Stephenson's Timeline for Return

Monday, Nov. 7

Scott Kushner of the Advocate reported Stephenson will be out six to 10 weeks.


Pelicans Waive Stephenson; Matt Barnes Responds in NSFW Post

Monday, Nov. 7

The Pelicans announced they waived Stephenson after The Vertical's Shams Charania, citing league sources, reported on Sunday that the Pelicans would do so in order to sign Archie Goodwin following Stephenson's injury.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported on Monday: "New Orleans didn't want to waive [Stephenson], but saw no alternative with 11 healthy players and no sure path to an injury exception."

Stein added: "The Pelicans, I'm told, have told [Stephenson] they will participate in his injury rehab in New Orleans or wherever he wishes to do it."

Beyond that, Reggie Brown, Stephenson's agent, told Kushner his client "holds no grudge" against the Pelicans and "would come back if he can."

Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes reacted to the initial report of the Pelicans waiving Stephenson on Instagram:

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So my man Lance Stephenson busts his ass for the Pelicans, gets hurt, requires surgery & what does he get for his hard work??? WAIVED SMFH

Something fans have to understand is y'all get mad when players leave during free agency or hold out for money.. We have to do what's best for US, we have a small window to make as much money as we can.. Remember this is a BUSINESS when you can no longer serve your purpose these teams cut you trade you or bury you on the bench! Case in point, Lance gets hurt playing & needs surgery now, so instead of supporting him & helping him get healthy they cut him!

#Bulls--t

#HoldYaHeadLilBro


Stephenson Comments on Injury on Instagram

Sunday, Nov. 6 


Stephenson Added to Pelicans' Injury Woes

After a poor start to last season, Stephenson seemed to find himself after being dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies. He did not fit in with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging just 4.7 points in 43 games and playing just 15.8 minutes per game.

With the Grizzlies, though, Stephenson approached the lofty heights he once displayed with the Indiana Pacers with 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He was unable to parlay those numbers into a contract until the Pelicans came calling in September.

Through six games in the Big Easy, Stephenson has averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 47.3 percent from the field.

Taking Stephenson out of the mix left the Pelicans in a bind. Tyreke Evans (knee) and Quincy Pondexter (knee) are both still sidelined, which has left Dante Cunningham as one of the team's few viable wing alternatives.