The New Orleans Pelicans will add yet another body to the infirmary, after guard/forward hybrid Lance Stephenson has been declared out indefinitely with a groin injury, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Stephenson's injury will require surgery, leaving the roster even more depleted than it's been to start the regular season. He was coming off a 10-point, seven-rebound performance during Friday's 112-111 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.
The Pelicans are without starting point guard Jrue Holiday, who is tending to his wife's health concerns, and combo guard/forward Tyreke Evans, who's recovering from a knee injury and post-surgery blood clot complications in his calf. Forward Quincy Pondexter is also out after multiple knee surgeries and with Stephenson's recent injury, the Pelicans could be in line for a hardship exception, allowing them to have a 16th roster spot because of their injury-riddled team, according to Bobby Marks of The Vertical.
The team is so short-handed that even forward Dante Cunningham is coming off a one-game suspension on Friday, due to pleading guilty to a DUI violation.
New Orleans (0-6) barely has any feet to stand on, and with Anthony Davis carrying the scoring load squarely on his shoulders, the loss of Stephenson represents a great blow to the Pelicans' overall depth and bench scoring.