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.