HoopsHype Rodney Stuckey rumors

February 16, 2014 Updates

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Charlotte back-to-back. The Pistons have several potential trade pieces with Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva approaching unrestricted free agency, and Greg Monroe restricted free agency this summer. They have rebuffed Monroe talks and need Stuckey for the stretch. Villanueva could have value if the Pistons are willing to take on a longer-term contract. It's more likely that the Pistons don't make a major deal and Loyer said he made it clear that the postseason objective remains unchanged during his first meeting with the team after replacing Cheeks last weekend. Booth Newspapers

February 9, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith understands Erik Spoelstra’s position. The Heat coach was sticking up for LeBron James when he complained about Smith and Rodney Stuckey grabbing James before he went airborne in Miami’s 102-96 victory over the Pistons on Monday night. But there was nothing dirty about those plays, according to Smith. “Players of his caliber are very strong and athletic, and if you were just to give him a little brush on the arm, he can have the possibility of a three-point play,” Smith said this week. “I’m not known as a dirty player and neither is Rodney Stuckey. “He’s just protecting his player, but there was really no hard foul given.” Detroit Free Press

February 3, 2014 Updates

Even with the personal turnaround, one might assume that Stuckey, who was drafted 15th overall by the Pistons out of Eastern Washington seven years ago, would be eager to continue his NBA experience elsewhere. But the answer to that question, he made clear, will have to wait. The postseason remains the priority. "Detroit is always an option," he said of free agency. "It's going to be a tough situation, the first time I'm going to be able to go out and test the market and see what else is there and what not. It's going to be all new to me. I'm excited for the opportunity, but right now I'm not trying to focus on that. I'm just trying to live in the moment right now and worry about making the playoffs first and foremost." USA Today Sports

If only these Pistons could make the most of all the moves they made last summer. By signing forward Josh Smith and bringing in point guard Brandon Jennings via sign-and-trade, Pistons President Joe Dumars appeared to relieve some of the pressure that surrounds him by adding two proven and productive players. But the Pistons — who entered this season with owner Tom Gores making publicly known that he fully expects a playoff berth — were 19-27 entering Monday's game at the Miami Heat and in danger of missing the postseason for the fifth consecutive time. And as has been the case so often in these past few years, Stuckey said it's a matter of the latest pieces failing to come together. "It seems like every year there's new players who you're trying to get accustomed to," Stuckey told USA TODAY Sports by phone recently. "It's just trying to figure each other out and all being on the same page. I really don't think right now ..." USA Today Sports

While Stuckey didn't care to reflect on the specifics of why the Pistons' 29-53 campaign was so challenging last season, he said he wasn't the only one yearning for change. "Sometimes people just don't see eye to eye with one another, and I'm not just talking about me," he said. "I'm talking for a lot of people from last year. I'm talking for my whole team. Sometimes people just don't see eye to eye with one another. I'll keep it at that. Last year was mentally tough for a lot of people, and when your mental game's not right then it throws everything else off. That's how it was. "I know our record is not what it should be (now), but we're definitely in a better place. Definitely in a better state of mind. And that's important. I feel happy, feel relieved. We've got a great group of guys. The coaches are good, so it's been good so far and now we've just got to try to come out and execute better, play better defense and hopefully we start winning more games." USA Today Sports

February 2, 2014 Updates

Despite persistent national media rumors that Greg Monroe is a potential trade piece because of his restricted free agency this summer, the Pistons have shown no interest in trading him. They also have Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey on expiring contracts, but their position all season has been that those players have value whether they're traded or simply relinquished to free up money this summer. They make more than $17 million combined. Gores said the trade deadline is not a central focus. Booth Newspapers

January 21, 2014 Updates

And if the Pistons decide Stuckey isn't part of their future plans, they could deal him and receive something in return rather than letting him walk at the end of his seventh season in Detroit. But Stuckey says none of that is on his mind with the Feb. 20 trade deadline looming. "Nah, I don't think about that," Stuckey said Monday after scoring a season-high 29 points in a 112-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm here to play basketball. I'm a Detroit Piston right now. God is going to lead me in the right direction. "I have no control over that. My agent will take care of that. It's up to the organization, what they want to do and what they're looking at. I don't think about it at all. I just try to come out every night and compete and try to win." Booth Newspapers

January 19, 2014 Updates
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Langlois: If the Pistons clear Stuckey’s contract off their books, they’ll have somewhere around $10 million in cap space on July 1, Shadd. But Stuckey’s cap hold would more than eat up all of that cap space. It’s possible that the Pistons could get back under the cap by coming to terms with Stuckey for a figure less than his cap hold (approximately $13 million, or 150 percent of this year’s reported salary). But it’s unlikely Stuckey would be taking a pay cut from his current reported $8.5 million, so if they have any room under the cap after signing Stuckey (and factoring in Greg Monroe’s cap hold of about $10 million) it would be negligible. As for having the money for Monroe, the Pistons will be able to go over the cap to sign him provided they don’t renounce his rights – which they have no intention of doing. As a restricted free agent, Monroe can solicit offers from all teams; the Pistons would have 72 hours to match. I can’t imagine a scenario in which they would fail to do so. NBA.com

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November 29, 2013 Updates

Victor Oladipo is clearly the future in Orlando, and Nelson could be a viable option for a contender looking to solidify its point-guard play. Nelson is almost 32, but has only $2 million guaranteed in 2014-15 and thus is a good rental candidate. Side note: Another veteran who's been the subject of trade rumors is Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey. But a league source says the Pistons "are not trading [him]." So there you go. CBSSports.com

November 14, 2013 Updates
November 4, 2013 Updates

With the Oct. 31 deadline passing, Monroe will be a restricted free agent next off-season, so he is playing for his next contract. Not as much has been written about Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva, but they will be unrestricted free agents as well. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks played coy when asked whether he talked to the players about focusing on the season and put money matters in the background. “Who’s on a contract year?” he asked. When his question was answered, he said: “See, I don’t even know. I’m just worried about getting the best out of them. Whether they’re on a contract year or four or five years, I don’t know. I just try and get the best out of them the best I can. I don’t focus in on that. I’m quite sure they do, but I don’t focus on that.” Detroit Free Press

November 1, 2013 Updates
October 31, 2013 Updates

Rodney Stuckey went through a full practice Thursday and Detroit Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks did not rule out putting the veteran guard into the starting lineup. The Pistons play Friday at Memphis, where Stuckey will make his regular-season debut after missing three weeks with a broken right thumb. Booth Newspapers

October 30, 2013 Updates

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