Pistons trade-value rankings No. 6: Rodney Stuckey

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Why Rodney Stuckey ranks No. 6

Rodney Stuckey had somewhat of a breakthrough season last year, at least until injuries took hold. He’s followed that with a disappointing 2012-13, and questions abound his consistency have been replaced by acceptance of his ceiling.

I guess Stuckey is slightly more valuable, because his contract is only partially guaranteed for next season, but I don’t believe it makes a real difference.

What would you rather have? An extra $4.5 million counting against your cap and no Stuckey or Stuckey for $8.5 million? I’ll take Stuckey for $8.5, and I think most general managers would, too.

Remember, Stuckey’s contract becomes guaranteed July 1, so the Pistons – or any team that acquires him — can’t wait to waive him only if they need the extra money to complete a specific signing. Free agents can’t begin negotiating until July 1, and they can’t sign until July 10.

Stuckey is overpaid, but he’s also a capable backup at his worst and and a slightly above-average starter at his best. Production divided by salary is an important measure, but there’s a premium on guys who can play well, and Stuckey can play well.

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