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New Orleans Pelicans respond to backlash over Lance Stephenson’s release

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The front office had good intentions from the start but could have avoided the negativity had they initially divulged more pertinent information.

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After the New Orleans Pelicans waived Lance Stephenson yesterday, the organization received some backlash because it gave the appearance of a cold-hearted move. Have a look at what Matt Barnes had to say on the matter.

Yeah, it’s Matt Barnes, the oft outspoken NBA veteran, but one should assume he was not the only person who viewed Stephenson’s release in a negative light. There exist numerous opinions who are quick to judge and either do not care or simply fail to grasp the necessary facts.

In response, the Pelicans stated their well-intentioned reasoning to several insiders including Marc Stein.

It all makes perfect sense. Really.

3 players on the Pelicans roster of 15 have yet to suit up in a game (Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday and Quincy Pondexter). Now with Lance Stephenson going down with a longer term injury, the team was down to 11 healthy players. Not to mention, Tim Frazier is the only remaining healthy player who can function comfortably in a play-making role, and a lack of an immediate hardship exception put the Pelicans in a precarious situation that called for the more radical decision.

Next time, though, do yourself a favor, New Orleans — just be sure to mention the surrounding facts of a similar scenario from the start. You could turn flipflop the news into some good PR!