There were speculations that guard Lance Stephenson might not land an NBA contract and that he might play in Europe. However, the New Orleans Pelicans ended these rumors when they agreed to sign the 26-year-old guard. Stephenson signed a one-year deal with the Pelicans.
According to NOLA, the move comes less than a week after Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said that he would miss the start of the NBA season to look after his pregnant wife, Lauren Holiday, who is also set to undergo a brain surgery. Lauren is a former member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
Since Holiday’s announcement, the Pelicans have been looking for a guard who can score. According to Slam Online, the team needs help at guard now that Holiday will likely miss an indefinite amount. Since 2011, the Pelicans will be the fifth team Stephenson will join. He has career averages of 8.8. points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
In a report posted by The Bird Writes, although Stephenson signed a one-year deal, they said that the guard is not guaranteed a spot on the team’s roster. At present, the Pelicans have 15 contracts for the season in addition to training camp deals for players Chris Copeland, Robert Sacre and Shawn Dawson.
Stephenson has been a hot topic for the most of his career and things have not gone well for the guard. The 6-foot-5 guard has a reputation as a difficult player to coach, however, with both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans out for the beginning of the season, Stephenson could still give the team the boost they need.
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