Steve Kyler: Rodney Stuckey working out for NBA teams @impactbball – my count looks like four teams.
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David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: NBA free agent Rodney Stuckey is working out at Impact Sports in Las Vegas: Warriors, Nets, Grizzlies, Spurs and Pacers have sent reps.
Alex Kennedy: The Portland Trail Blazers are working out free agents Rodney Stuckey, John Jenkins, Xavier Silas, Marcus Thornton (LSU) and Jarrod Uthoff among others in a mini camp this week. Last week, they worked out KJ McDaniels, Casper Ware, Kadeem Jack, Isaiah Cousins and Kyle Randall.
Michael Scotto: 10-year NBA veteran Rodney Stuckey will participate in a veteran mini-camp with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told The Athletic.
Shams Charania: Ten-year NBA veteran Rodney Stuckey plans to visit several teams post-Labor Day. Stuckey has been fully healthy training this summer.
The Lakers have insisted on remaining patient while they evaluate their options, which include recently waived guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, veteran guard Rajon Rondo, veteran guard Rodney Stuckey and 22-year-old guard Tyler Ennis, according to league sources. The Lakers also pursued Boston guard Avery Bradley before the Celtics ultimately traded him to Detroit to help clear salary cap space.
Darren Wolfson: Rodney Stuckey is yet another FA the #Twolves have inquired about. Shockingly, I’ve yet to be asked about him. Miles remains top choice. pic.twitter.com/yKaRu0BvxS
With intentions to bolster their backcourt and provide a veteran presence around their young roster, the Lakers “have shown interest” in free agent guard Rodney Stuckey, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
The Lakers have had preliminary discussions surrounding Stuckey but have not scheduled any meetings as both parties have evaluated other options, the source said. Still, the 31-year-old Stuckey finds the Lakers appealing for several reasons.
Sam Amick: One name to watch among teams seeking reliable bench help: Rodney Stuckey. The market for the veteran guard is strong. Several teams in mix.
Nate Taylor: Nate McMillan said he had the upmost respect for Rodney Stuckey. McMillan wouldn’t discuss Lance Stephenson since a deal isn’t finalized.
The Indiana Pacers agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with Lance Stephenson after waiving injured guard Rodney Stuckey, league sources told The Vertical.
The Pacers had until April 10 to release Stuckey and avoid paying the $7 million for his 2017-18 player option. C.J. Miles (2017-18) and Monta Ellis (2018-19) share similar clauses in their contracts. The Pacers’ front office expressed contrition about releasing Stuckey at this point in the season, sources said, and believes both sides benefited from his nearly three seasons in Indiana.
Stuckey planned to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, sources said, but the Pacers needed to make the decision to open a roster spot to help their depleted bench. The team announced Tuesday that guard Glenn Robinson III (calf) will be re-evaluated late next week, and center Al Jefferson (ankle) will miss at least two weeks.
Bobby Marks: Although Stuckey has a $7m cap hit, he is only owed $535k left on his contract. Could be financial savings for a team below the floor.
Shams Charania: The Pacers are waiving guard Rodney Stuckey, league sources tell @The Vertical. Indiana had April 10 date to release before Stuckey’s option.
Scott Agness: Pacers have waived Rodney Stuckey, a source told VigilantSports.com.
Shams Charania: Stuckey’s expected to recover from patellar strain within few weeks. Pacers dealing with injuries to key reserves, could use healthy player.
Indiana free agent Rodney Stuckey has agreed in principle on a three-year, $21 million contract to re-sign with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.
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
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
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.”
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.
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July 22, 2018 | 12:15 pm EDT Update
What does the late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss have to do with LeBron James joining his team in 2018? The query sounds like a trick question, but a new story has come to light that makes it seem as though Dr. Buss was the one to kickstart the Lakers’ eventual pursuit and signing of their now-superstar all the way back in 2010. The Lakers didn’t have nearly enough cap space then to actually be a serious threat to sign James. But according to Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times, Buss was thinking beyond that: Buss thought about calling James anyway. Over lunch with his kids, he mentioned the idea, offhandedly. “It’d be good to know that guy,” his son Joey recalled him saying.
League rules allowed teams to meet with any free agent. Why not meet with James to introduce him to the Lakers’ vision? Why not sow the seeds of a future partnership? “LeBron was always somebody that he was interested in,” said Buss’ daughter Jeanie, the Lakers co-owner.
One colleague during that period was Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who was an assistant with the Cavaliers from 2005-10. Impressed with Fernandez’s development in the organization, Malone hired Fernandez as an assistant coach in 2016. “He gets his foot in the door,” Malone said of Fernandez, “and he’s going to find a way to continue to fill gaps and do things that are necessary for the team and the staff to move forward.”
Now, the 35-year-old Fernandez is regarded as an up-and-comer in his field, perhaps a future NBA head coach. There are two primary reasons why. One, he has a thirst for knowledge. And two, as one former boss said, he’s the ultimate “people coach.” “He’s been around Hall of Famers, but he’s also been around the last guys in the G League,” said Mike Gansey, the Cavaliers’ assistant general manager. “Whoever walks through that door, he can relate to them … he’s either watched it, lived it or seen it. That’s why he’s so valuable. “He gives more than basketball. That’s why I think our guys got so much better and people liked him so much … He could read people and knew when he had to get on them and when not (to) and how to treat them to get the most out of them.”
July 22, 2018 | 5:42 am EDT Update
The Thunder, Hawks and Sixers agreed on a deal that involves sending Anthony to the Hawks, and the Hawks plan to buy out Anthony, per USA TODAY Sports. It’s reported that the Rockets are the favorites to sign Anthony once that happens. Morey was asked, “So are we for sure getting Carmelo Anthony?” He responded, “In the mix.” Morey also said, “Yes,” as a reply to, “Does Daryl still have something up his sleeve?”
“It would be a great acquisition for us,” said Harden, who did run into Anthony at Paris Fashion Week last month when Harden was making the rounds with teammate P.J. Tucker. “Melo’s a proven vet. He just wants to win at this point, so it would be great for him to be on our team. The current roster we have now, we’ve got good guys back and we keep making forward progress.”
Italian team Fiat Torino announced the signing of Molloy product Jaylen Morris. Morris had a good rookie season in the NBA G League with the Erie BayHawks as he averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. In late February, he was called up by the Atlanta Hawks.