Report: Lance Stephenson has just $100,000 of Pelicans minimum contract guaranteed
It’s not a good summer for guards whose production and reputations have declined after taking pay cuts.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Source: Only $100K guaranteed on Lance Stephenson's $1.22M minimum deal with New Orleans.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 15, 2016
The Pelicans have 15 players, the regular-season roster limit, with guaranteed salaries. Chris Copeland, Robert Sacre and Shawn Dawson are also competing on unguaranteed deals.
Essentially, Stephenson is far from a lock to make the team – even with Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday both out to begin training camp. Stephenson is just 26 and two years removed from near-All-Star production, and New Orleans needs a playmaking guard.
But if Stephenson doesn’t impress clearly more than the 15 players with guaranteed deals, his contract terms make it easier to waive him.