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Rodney Stuckey balking at Pistons’ latest offer

Dec 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh Getty Images

What is Rodney Stuckey worth?

Stuckey is the point guard of the future in Detroit and wanted to be paid big money. Like $10 million a year. But the Pistons have offered a five-year deal in the $40 million to $45 million range — $8 to $9 million a year.

So we are at an impasse, reports Chad Ford at ESPN.

Stuckey’s representatives, seeking an even bigger deal, have been contacting other teams the past few days, looking to broker a sign-and-trade deal. However, the Pistons are telling teams they won’t agree to one, sources said.

If the impasse continues, Stuckey’s representatives are threatening to take the Pistons’ one-year, $3.87 million qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012.

For some comparison, Mike Conley of the Grizzlies got five years, $40 million. Stuckey is a more dynamic offensive player and scorer who can create his own shot, although Conley really matured last year in the role of on-the-court organizer for a team with a lot of talent. Conley also spaces the floor better because he is a threat from three (Stuckey shot 28 percent from deep last year).

So it comes back to, what is Stuckey worth? I think the high end of that Pistons offer is fair, but if he wants more he can take the qualifying offer and test the market next summer.

  1. somekat - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    He is an OK player that needs to be surrounded by other guys to excel. Not a 10 mil a year guy IMO

  2. thatboi901 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Who ever is advising this guy should be fired. He should be taking that check and full sprinting to the bank by now.

  3. philliesblow - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Bad free agent contracts for Ben Gordon and Charlie V a couple years ago. 4 years for Prince a couple weeks ago, and now a 5 year offer to Suckey (left out the “t” on purpose). Dumars is insane. Suckey will never be a real point guard. Brandon Knight is the future. Looks like Dumars wants to make sure the Pistons are no more than a .500 team for the foreseeable future. He got lucky in 2004 with his no-superstar championship and thinks that way can still work. Hope the new owner wakes up soon and cans Dumars.

    • somekat - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      That can still work. However, the Pistons team that won it was a team full of just below superstar guys (Sheed, Billups, Rip in his prime etc), the team he is buiding now seems to be a team full of role players. When that is what you have, you NEED the superstar.

  4. edgarh21 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    How is 40 mill not enough. SMH

  5. leearmon - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    NBA contracts are a joke (I know, no huge surprise). The fact that Stuckey is even being offered $45 million is a farce. He’s an awful defender, who doesnt rebound well, one of the worst passers for starting point guards and his eFG% leaves much to be desired.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/stuckro01.html

    Last season wasn’t completely awful but considering it was his contract year, it doesn;t leave much room for optimism.

    He is a solid role player for a contending team, but since the Pistons suck they look at him as a centerpiece. Which is completely wrong. Let this guy walk, and let another team overspend for him. Detroit has to really rearrange things if they want to get back to their contending levels from a few seasons past. Offering Stuckey this much money is not the step in the right direction.

  6. wiLQ - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    “Stuckey is the point guard of the future in Detroit”
    Unless he leaves or they dump him for younger Knight ;-)
    And are Pistons aware it’s not a league where you have to play 3 guards and 2 forwards?

  7. 6thsense79 - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    If he took the money and started whinning about his contract after he signs it most of you guys will be on his case asking why did he sign the contract and a contract is a contract so on a certain level he should do what he thinks is best in these negotiations. On another level base on his talent level I think this is a more than fair offer. I’ve watched him play and he’s a nice enough player but I can think of a host of other pgs I’d rather have than Stuckey.

  8. shep1957 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Perhaps he should have thought about his future contract when he refused to go back into a game last year. Let this bum walk.

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