Rodney Stuckey RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Michael Scotto: Rodney Stuckey has received calls from 6 teams, a league source tells Sheridan Hoops. He wants to play for a title contender as a sixth man.
J. Michael: Just told that Rodney Stuckey, who i reported earlier as a player of interest, “very much a possibility”. Stuckey made $1.2M last yr for #Pacers so he’s gonna want a nice raise probably more than biannual exception #WizardsTalk #NBA @CSNWizards: 7 more rumors
Candace Buckner: Less than 2 wks b4 free agency, Larry Bird was crowing about Rodney Stuckey. Today? #Pacers didn’t place a call. Priority shifted suddenly. However, Stuckey has received multiple offers from other teams. Still desires to play for a playoff bound team in role of 6th man.
While waiting on Pierce’s decision, the Wizards reached out to various free agents Wednesday, including Indiana Pacers combo guard Rodney Stuckey, Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams, Brooklyn Nets swingman Alan Anderson, and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington, according to people familiar with the situation.
Vincent Goodwill: Bulls not yet in on Rodney Stuckey. Four contenders for his services so far. Wonder if he’ll wait the market out to get some MLE money: 7 more rumors
The Bulls also began casting a wide net to add a veteran guard. Rodney Stuckey, Gary Neal, Mo Williams, JJ Barea and Jeremy Lin are just some on the Bulls’ list, sources said.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Sources: Free agent-to-be Rodney Stuckey will have at least two “serious” suitors besides the #Pacers when he hits free agency tonight..: 7 more rumors
Recently when asked about the season, Bird, who will just as soon use the term “good little player” to describe a pro, could not bridle his enthusiasm about Stuckey. “I want him back, too. He was great. Great worker. He worked as hard as anybody. He lifted just about every game. Every thing we asked him to do at the beginning of the year, he did it. He was fantastic,” Bird said. “He knows how much I want him, I told him that at the end of the year.”: 7 more rumors
On Wednesday, Stuckey returns to the open market of free agency — his name restored and career reinvented. The Star has learned at least five teams have expressed interest in speaking with Stuckey. The stain from his final six years in Detroit erased. “I knew I wasn’t that type of person,” Stuckey said about the rumors that followed him last summer. “Just everything being dysfunctional (in Detroit) and not having structure really messed me up.”
Last summer when Stuckey had a chance to leave, the whispers followed him out of Detroit. Several league sources informed The Star how rumors about Stuckey’s perceived bad attitude hurt his stock during last summer’s free agency. “Moody, can’t be coached, bad guy, can’t win with him,” said an Eastern Conference insider, repeating the circulated gossip. “Anybody that really knows him, would know… he’s one of the most misunderstood guys in the league.”
Like asking the kicking and screaming understudy to take over the roles of Macbeth, The Three Witches and Lord Banquo, Stuckey struggled in the role as leader. He watched his role evolve constantly. Around him the once veteran locker room changed, and often staged mutiny against coaches. In one infamous episode in 2011, several players, including Stuckey, organized a boycott of a morning shootaround. “A lot of drama,” Stuckey recalled. “We could’ve had our own reality TV show.”
Stuckey had his own individual clashes — confronting one head coach who levied a fine against him for being late for a team meeting. Stuckey claimed to be late only because he was getting his ankles tapped by the trainer and promised the coach: “I’m getting my damn money back and if I don’t get it back, I know where you stay.”
After a productive season on the competing Indiana Pacers, Rodney Stuckey has plans to sign with a contender in free agency, with the Houston Rockets expected to be among interested teams, league sources told RealGM.
Stuckey has a desire to be in a competing situation again next season, but will still prioritize a possible return to Indiana where there is strong mutual interest. Stuckey scored 12.6 points in 26.4 minutes per game last season, flourishing in Frank Vogel’s offensive system and providing stability as a starter or reserve.: 7 more rumors
The Sacramento Kings are also expected to express a level of interest in Stuckey, scouring for an available combo guard, a source said. Several contending teams could emerge for Stuckey during the free agency process.
The soon-to-be free agent is certainly hoping that this summer will not be his last to represent the Pacers at a charity event. Last summer, Stuckey signed a one-year deal with the Pacers for the veteran minimum. Stuckey made it clear when chatting with Indy Sports Central today at the event that he wants to remain with the blue and gold. “Obviously, I hope to be back here and I think we’ll figure something out. I’m not really worried about that,” Stuckey revealed. “I love the Pacers organization and I love my teammates. Next year, we will be a lot healthier and we’ll make the playoffs, so I’m excited.”
While he fielded a wide variety of questions about his return, he did get one unique question from an unique source. His teammate Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey was hanging around the media scrum and when he got the opportunity, he asked George a personal question, “Will I still be able to take all of the shots that I take?” George happily responded, “Yes, I’m just here for spacing.”
Call him a minimum-salary player, too, but put an asterisk on that as well. Stuckey took a cut in pay to come to the Pacers to clear his name, and so far is doing a dramatic job of that. “A lot of people were questioning my character,” he said. “’Oh, he’s not a good teammate.’ This and that. That and this. I’m a great guy. I’m very humble, I come to work each and every day, do my business.” But someone with the Pistons tried to sully his reputation, he said. “It’s just unfortunate,” he said. “I’m not going to say names, but I know who it was. It’s just unfortunate for that person to throw me under the bus.”
“I love it here, man,” he said. “I’m staying in the city, close to everything. I love it here. My family loves it here. I love the people in this organization. Definitely, I want to come back. That’s a no-brainer. Having a guy like Paul George here, of course I want to come play with an All-Star. Who doesn’t? Definitely want to be back here.”
Stuckey’s recent play has fans wondering and worrying if the Pacers will be able to keep him beyond this season. He says not to worry. “I want to be here,” he said. “When that time comes, we’ll definitely figure something out.” Coach Frank Vogel is on board with that, saying before the game the plan all along has been to make Stuckey a more permanent fixture of the team.
“I was shocked,” Stuckey said. “He’s a guy who has two years left on his contract. Over $26 million. So I was shocked. But obviously Stan wants to go in a different direction. It’s his team. They just decided that was best. Good for both sides. “Now Josh gets to go to a great team and try to win and compete for a championship.”