Goodwin was waived by the Pelicans on Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. After spending his first three years in the league with the Suns, Goodwin was unexpectedly released by Phoenix just as the regular season was beginning. The Pelicans were able to claim the 22-year-old guard, but he was rarely used in his short stay with the team, averaging 5.0 points over 10.0 minutes through just three games played. He'll head back to the open free agent market, but should have plenty of suitors due to his age and potential upside as a prospect. That said, it's still very concerning he's been unable to remain rostered with two teams already this season, which could draw some red flags from other teams around the league.
Goodwin was present at the Pelicans' shootaround Monday, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports. Goodwin signed with the Pelicans on Sunday afternoon and did not join the team in Oakland until late Sunday night. The Kentucky product, who was released by the Suns prior to the start of the regular season, could require a few days to mesh with his new team, but he now finds himself in a situation where he could see consistent minutes on a nightly basis right away. With Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday both out indefinitely, Goodwin will battle with Buddy Hield, E'Twaun Moore and Langston Galloway for minutes at both guard spots.
Goodwin is signing a contract with the Pelicans, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Goodwin has been out of work since being released by the Suns in late October, but it appears he is set to join the Hornets, who are in need of help at the guard position. Goodwin will be behind several other guards on the depth chart, but one of those will not be Lance Stephenson, who is facing a long-term absence but will be released by the Pelicans to open up a roster spot.
Goodwin was released by the Suns on Monday and will become a free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. In a surprising move, the Suns will part ways with the 22-year-old, who started 13 games last season following injuries to both Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. The rationale behind the move is unclear, but in the absence of Goodwin, veteran Leandre Barbosa and rookie Tyler Ulis could each see slight increases in minutes off the bench. Through three NBA seasons, Goodwin holds career averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per game. Still considered a relatively high-upside player, Goodwin figures to draw considerable interest on the free agent market.
Goodwin (leg) tallied 13 points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and a steal over 18 minutes in Wednesday's 111-110 preseason victory over the Jazz. Goodwin turned in a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter to complete a 30-point comeback for the Suns, capping off his best performance of the preseason to date. The 22-year-old had been held out of last Friday's contest against the Blazers and only tallied six minutes against the Jazz in the prior contest, making his 18 minutes on the floor Wednesday his longest stint since the exhibition opener versus the Spurs and of the exhibition slate overall. Goodwin logged 13 starts last season and provided some solid scoring numbers in many of those opportunities, but with Brandon Knight moving to a reserve role and the offseason acquisition of capable veteran Leandro Barbosa, Goodwin's path to playing time at either guard spot appears murky at best.
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