HoopsHype Rodney Stuckey rumors

March 28, 2012 Updates
March 15, 2012 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: Pistons took calls (Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Austin Daye) & made calls but person w/knowledge says deal unlikely at trade deadline. Twitter

January 20, 2012 Updates

Pistons president Joe Dumars said he brought back Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey because they are important parts of the Pistons' rebuilding process. "Those are assets. Rebuilding is not about letting assets walk," Dumars said Wednesday night on 971 The Ticket. "Stuckey is 24 or 25 (he's 25). He's a young guy and part of the rebuilding process. Tayshaun Prince, when you look at rebuilding, there is always going to be one veteran you have going forward with young guys." Detroit News

January 15, 2012 Updates

After signing a three-year, $25-million deal that caused him to miss the first week of training camp because of negotiations, he is off to his slowest start since he missed 25 games as a rookie because of a broken left hand. Hampered by a sore left groin that has caused him to miss four games, Stuckey's numbers are down across the board after a promising month to end last season. So you can add another questionable signing to president of basketball operations Joe Dumars' résumé, right? Actually, on second glance, the deal makes even more sense -- especially when you consider that the third year of the deal is only guaranteed for around $4 million. Stuckey probably is making a little below his market value, since he is guaranteed only $21 million. It shows you the Pistons hedged their bets by not only giving Stuckey a three-year deal -- they also didn't break the bank. But it also goes to show what little leverage Stuckey had during negotiations. Detroit Free Press

December 19, 2011 Updates
December 18, 2011 Updates

Rodney Stuckey was eligible for a five-year deal. But after eight days of training camp, the restricted free agent combo guard signed a three-year, $25-million deal in time to join the Pistons for practice Saturday afternoon. "It's just a process; I'm glad it's over, though," Stuckey said. "I think the lockout and all that stuff had something to do with it. If it was like a regular season it probably would have got done a lot easier, but it's just a process and I'm happy to be back on the floor with my teammates. "I got to catch up a lot and learn, but I'll catch up." Detroit Free Press

December 17, 2011 Updates

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the team has re-signed guard Rodney Stuckey. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We are pleased to re-sign Rodney Stuckey,” said Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations. “Rodney led our team in scoring and assists last season and he’s part of the young core group of players that we are building around. We look forward to watching his continued growth within our organization.” NBA.com

Since the start of free agency, it appeared to only be a matter of time until the Detroit Pistons re-signed point guard Rodney Stuckey. According to a team source, Detroit agreed to a three-year deal with the restricted free agent Saturday. Reports are the deal is for $25 million. Booth Newspapers

While Stuckey has delivered statistically, he has failed to be a winner or a leader for a team that traded the consummate leader and winner in Chauncey Billups to make room for Stuckey in the lineup. Not only have the Pistons not won with Stuckey at the helm, but he has been combative, at times openly, with his coaches, particularly John Kuester, who benched Stuckey on multiple occasions for insubordination. Booth Newspapers

The Pistons are paying Rodney Stuckey for his potential, and his age, that's reasonable. This isn't a five- or six-year contract, it's three. $8 million per season might seem like a lot, but it's the going rate for talented young guards like Mike Conley and Marcus Thornton. Plus, remember that Caron Butler, who has an injury history and is on the statistical decline, signed a three-year, $24 million contract just last week. If it isn't working out from a chemistry standpoint in a season or two, it should be very easy to move Stuckey's contract in a trade. For Stuckey, the Pistons haven't exactly set him up to be successful. He's on his fourth coach in five seasons. That's something that's difficult for any player to deal with let alone one that is learning the most difficult position in the sport. Booth Newspapers

December 15, 2011 Updates
December 14, 2011 Updates

The Detroit Pistons and restricted free agent Rodney Stuckey are struggling to come to terms on a long-term contract, sources said. Stuckey, the Pistons' top free agent this offseason, is balking at what the Pistons are prepared to pay him. The Pistons have discussed a deal that would pay Stuckey between $40 million and $45 million over five years, according to sources. ESPN.com

December 10, 2011 Updates

Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars continues to negotiate with Stuckey, but the process was put on the back-burner as Dumars faced a flurry of other activity on Friday, including re-signing Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko, signing rookies Brandon Knight and Vernon Macklin, and finalizing the buyout with Hamilton. "I've talked to a lot of GMs around the league, and we all say the same thing, to have to open up, and be able to talk to free agents three or four days before training camp starts is unheard of," Dumars explained. "I think you're going to see around the league, guys not in camp. It's almost like football. That really never happens in basketball. I think you're going to see that a little bit this year because just the window to try and get everything done is a little bit tough." Booth Newspapers

December 9, 2011 Updates
December 8, 2011 Updates

Vincent Ellis: Pistons negotiating with Stuckey currently. Could wrap this free agency stuff up today. #Pistons. Twitter

November 26, 2011 Updates
November 17, 2011 Updates

Several reports have suggested the team was interested in Stuckey, who is a restricted free agent with the Pistons. But with two other Americans on the Guangdong roster and the limits on signing American players, it would appear that the Southern Tigers aren’t an option for Stuckey as the NBA’s labor impasse continues. Since Stuckey, 25, isn’t under contract, he is free to sign with a CBA team. But if he chose that option, he would have to stay in China until the end of season since league rules forbid an opt-out even if the NBA gets a new collective bargaining agreement. The CBA season starts this weekend and could go into the spring. Detroit Free Press

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