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.