Stephenson suffered a groin injury and will require surgery that will reportedly keep him out for 6 to 10 weeks.
Lance Stephenson's time with the New Orleans Pelicans lasted just six games.
This move comes as a surprise, notwithstanding the fact that Stephenson is hurt.
New Orleans signed Stephenson this past offseason to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth about $1.2 million.
With a shortage of healthy bodies, the winless Pelicans (0-6) needed room to fit Goodwin on the roster. It has been sparks of scoring like that which have made him a valuable asset to the Pacers and other teams throughout his young career.
The Pelicans plan to officially waive Stephenson (groin) on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo!
In roughly 27 minutes a night, Lance was putting in 9.8 points on 47 percent shooting from the field while handing out almost five assists per game.
The 6-foot-5 Goodwin, a fourth-year pro out of Kentucky, has averaged 6.2 points in 150 career National Basketball Association games all with Phoenix since 2013. He's been doing everything for New Orleans while getting little help in return, something Goodwin can help with.