Rodney Stuckey's age, upside could make the market for him more competitive than thought

Rodney Stuckey has unquestionably had an up and down career in Detroit. He’s yet to fully prove he can be a full-time point guard and this season, he had a few high profile clashes with his coach. All that aside, though, he’s still an incredibly physically gifted player, and restricted free agents with his tools often receive interest based more on their upside than what they’ve accomplished on the court.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld says Stuckey is the best free agent point guard available:

Rodney Stuckey is the best point guard available and at 25 years old, he still has some upside. However, he’s a restricted free agent and recent reports have indicated that the Detroit Pistons will re-sign him.

If the Pistons can entice Stuckey into signing a team-friendly deal, or if he signs an offer sheet elsewhere that isn’t exorbitant, it makes sense to sign him long-term. I still think the best option for Stuckey is to sign the qualifying offer, put everything he has into next season hoping for a career year and then hit unrestricted free agency. Surely the Pistons are worried about that scenario as well, which is probably why they will press to sign him long-term now.

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