Apr 2, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) drives to the basket with Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola (4) defending during the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Rodney Stuckey agrees to one-year deal with Indiana Pacers

USA Today’s Sam Amick reports:

Rodney Stuckey has agreed to join the Indiana Pacers on a one-year deal, @USATODAYsports has learned. Nice pickup after losing Stephenson.

I tend to agree with Amick on this one. While the monetary figures have yet to be reported, Rodney Stuckey will team with C.J. Miles to fill the role that now-Hornets guard Lance Stephenson filled for the Pacers last season.

Obviously, Stuckey had his fair share of ups and downs during his time in Detroit — and the majority of fans are probably happy to see him go. While yearly reports of him finding a reliable jumper never came to fruition, he was a solid enough off-the-bench scorer for the Pistons this season. He was bad defensively, and he didn’t add much more, but he could score.

It’s easy to forget that rookie-year Stuckey — quite like contract-year Stuckey — was a pretty good player for the Pistons. He played well in the playoffs as a rookie, filling in for an injured Chauncey Billups and hitting a big 3-pointer against Boston in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Maybe he was a victim of bad coaching and too much responsibility too soon. Maybe being in Indiana, playing for a team that actually has realistic things to play for, will be good for him. Either way, I wish him the best.

And if this is the Rodney Stuckey Pistons Obituary, I’ll leave you with the highlights from the best game of his Pistons career.

 

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