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July 22, 2014 Updates

He made it official by signing a one-year deal Monday morning for $1,227,985, the veteran’s minimum (for a player with seven years of experience). What Stuckey brings is a fresh mindset as he looks to jumpstart his career. “I’ve been in Detroit for sevens years, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of different situations, a lot of different coaches – six in seven years,” he said. “But you live and learn, you grow from every situation. I just want to thank Detroit for giving me that opportunity to make my NBA dreams come true by drafting me. It’s a fresh start, and I’m excited for it.” Vigilant Sports

He is spending much of his offseason back home in Covington, Washington. He acquired the keys to his high school gym, Kentwood, and has been going through two workouts a day. He’s eager to talk with his new teammates for the first time and get to work. “I know I’m not going to have a problem fitting in with these guys,” said Stuckey. “I’m very humble, I’m laid back, I’m very respectful, and I think we’re all going to get along with each other very well. “I got to come in and everyone’s respect first and foremost, and just fit in. I’m not trying to come in and try to doing nothing out of the ordinary. I’m just trying to come in, be level-headed, learn from these guys, just play hard with them and compete with them.” Vigilant Sports

July 21, 2014 Updates

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have signed free agent Rodney Stuckey. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “We’re very happy to get a player with his experience and who has made it very clear of his desire to win." NBA.com

Nevertheless, he’ll return next season to a team very much on the cusp of greatness. It’s the anchor that kept him docked in Indiana, even if it meant declining a chance to play for the Lakers. “It would be awesome to play at home,” he said. “But I love where I am.” Los Angeles Daily News

July 20, 2014 Updates

The Pacers also will have far less money on the books in the coming years, when Stephenson could have potentially renegotiated. At the time, though, the numbers didn't add up for Ebanks and Stephenson. Truth be told, they still don't. "I really feel bad about losing him,'' Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?'' USA Today Sports

Bird could stomach this if Stephenson had left for much greener pastures, a lot more cash. But the argument can be made that he left for a worse deal. "It's just disappointing,'' Bird said. "When I'd go to practices, when he was on, he was by far our best player. And he worked. If you work as hard as he does, you're going to get better. I'm going to miss the kid, no question. And he's growing up. That stuff he pulled in the playoffs, that was out of the blue. But I knew how good Lance was and the value he brought to our team.'' USA Today Sports

July 19, 2014 Updates
July 18, 2014 Updates

“We did not want to see a long-term deal unless the overall deal was extremely attractive,” said Stephenson’s agent, Alberto Ebanks. “Like most of us, he’s a work-in-progress. If you watch a tape of his entire season, he did some things he didn’t need to do. But he did so many great things, too. You don’t want the real message to be lost: This is a man capable of a triple-double every night. A person who takes great joy in helping his team win.” Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Lance Stephenson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are extremely excited to add Lance to our team,” Cho said. “He is a great up-and-coming player with an incredibly high ceiling. He is an exceptional athlete who has the versatility and skill to play multiple positions on both offense and defense. We believe he will be an outstanding addition to our roster.” NBA.com

 

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