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Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:08 pm
 
By Matt Moore

The Pistons don't seem to quite know where to go with themselves. They continue to draft young quality players like Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye, and Brandon Knight, who showed a much-improved skill-set on Friday night in a preseason tilt against the Cavaliers. And at the same time they keep giving long-term contracts to veteran players. They re-signed Tayshaun Prince to 4-years, $27 million. And on Saturday, they re-signed Rodney Stuckey to a three-year, $25 million deal via Yahoo Sports

Stuckey posted an 18 PER last season, posting career numbers in multiple categories. He's only 25 and is entering his prime. Then again, he was also part of the tumultous locker room for Detroit last year, siding with Rip Hamilton and the veterans he's played alongside for the duration of his career against John Kuester, according to reports. Kuester was clearly a problem, but Stuckey was part of the drama last year. 

Outside of last season, however, there haven't been reports of trouble with Stuckey being coachable. The bigger concern is the logjam it creates in the backcourt for the Pistons. Brandon Knight looked very much like an actual point guard against the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving. Will Bynum has been a consistent change-of-pace guard. And Ben Gordon has too much money invested to bury. So where does Stuckey fit in? He can play starting two-guard, but is a ball-handler. 

It's just odd that with a solid core of young players, the Pistons seem intent on simultaneously going forward with veteran talent and building through the draft. The lack of direction in Detroit continues to perplex, but with Lawrence Frank, maybe the results will change.  
Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

They are signing good players and the contracts are not outragious but it is hard to figure out how this conglomeration of players fit together. You have to think there will be further moves that will clarify their plans. If not it looks like a mess for the Pistons.

One of the toughest things to do is to make decisions on who to sign, who to pass on. It seems like Detroit is afraid to make the hard decision of who they go after and where they are headed.



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

i glad for rodney stuckey i live right by his college at eastern washington, he was great there, he looks like the rapper 50 cent to me just saying



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

It's clear that Dumars either doesn't blame the players for the turmoil last year or at least doesn't envision a repeat with a new coach in place.  Kind of strange but from a basketball perspective, I like Stuckey's upside much more than Gordon's or Bynum's. Those two are excellent players for their size. Stuckey can do things they can't and can still get better.  This is the first signing I like since Dumars took crazy pills and traded away Billups.


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