5 Best Trade Options for Detroit Pistons' Rodney Stuckey

Jay WierengaCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

5 Best Trade Options for Detroit Pistons' Rodney Stuckey

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    On Sunday night, Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank benched Rodney Stuckey.

    Now, we aren't talking about your typical, run-of-the-mill benching. That was a regular occurrence for Stuckey a couple years ago. He and then-coach John Kuester had run-ins on a fairly consistent basis.

    Since then, Stuckey began to show signs of growing up. He volunteered to pursue therapy and last year he seemed to take major steps forward, even resembling a leader at times.

    This year, Stuckey continued to show signs of maturity, volunteering to come off the bench and let rookie Kyle Singler start.

    But his play has been uneven at best and his style of play does not seem to fit with Frank's offensive mindset.

    This team runs best when the ball is not in Stuckey's hands, and this has been hard on the young guard.

    Sunday night was a culmination of what has been a frustrating season for Stuckey. Only Stuckey and the team know what happened, but it is safe to say that this is, at best, an ominous sign for the match of the Pistons and Rodney.

    One idea for solving this issue could come in the form of a trade. Stuckey is guaranteed $8.5 million this year and is partially guaranteed that amount next year. His contract is not a tough one to swallow, especially for a team looking for a dynamic scorer that can create his own shot.

    Here are the five best trade options for Rodney Stuckey.

Pistons Trade Stuckey and Daye in 3-Team Deal with Portland and Philadelphia

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    Detroit gets Nick Young, Nolan Smith and Dorell Wright and Portland's first-round pick; Portland gets Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye; Philadelphia gets J.J. Hickson and Joel Freeland

    For Detroit, this is a no-brainer. They unload a player that doesn't fit its system (Stuckey) and a disappointing former first-round pick (Daye).

    The Pistons add an actual shooting guard in Young and a first-round pick. Besides, all three players have expiring deals.

    For Portland, it adds a stretch 4 in Daye that could free up space for LaMarcus Aldridge down low. But the real key is the addition of Stuckey. Rodney gives them a perfect scoring threat coming off the bench and another perimeter defender.

    Philly is the key to this deal. True, Hickson gives the 76ers an excellent rebounder and another big body down low. Freeland also gives them a young big man to groom.

    However, Hickson has an expiring deal and there are no guarantees he re-signs.

    Additionally, Portland would probably have to make its pick lottery protected.

Pistons Trade Stuckey to Houston

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    Detroit gets Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas; Houston gets Stuckey

    For Detroit, Patterson and Douglas bolster its bench. Patterson has the potential to be an excellent power forward. Obviously, the Pistons are set up front with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, but what if that pairing doesn't work?

    Patterson would provide insurance in case the Pistons decide to deal Monroe. Otherwise, Patterson is a physical big man that could provide scoring off the bench.

    Douglas has an expiring deal and is essentially a throw-in to make the salaries match.

    For Houston, Stuckey provides needed scoring punch off of its bench. Given that he can play both guard positions, he can relieve both Jeremy Lin and James Harden.

    Patterson certainly has talent, but the Rockets already have Marcus Morris and Terrence Jones as well as a number of other big men.

Pistons Trade Stuckey to Sacramento for Tyreke Evans and Tyler Honeycutt

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    Detroit gets Tyreke Evans and Tyler Honeycutt; Sacramento gets Rodney Stuckey

    For Detroit, this is essentially a salary dump with potential. Tyreke Evans has largely regressed since his rookie year when he was Rookie of the Year.

    Originally viewed as a point guard, he has bounced around from the point to the off-guard spot and lately has been playing some small forward.

    In a lot of ways, he is similar to Stuckey. He is basically a combo guard that uses his size and athleticism to get to the hoop. He also plays best when he has the ball in his hands, making him an ideal bench option.

    The biggest difference between the two is that Evans is a better perimeter scorer and has greatly improved his three-point shot this year.

    Evans will also be a restricted free agent, so there is little risk there.

    Honeycutt is a young player with potential who could be developed into an eventual replacement for Tayshaun Prince at the 3. He has long arms and athleticism.

    For Sacramento, the Kings move the obviously unhappy Evans and add a player in Stuckey that could really help their second unit.

Pistons Trade Stuckey, Prince and First-Round Pick to Memphis for Rudy Gay

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    Detroit trades Stuckey, Prince, Slava Kravtsov and a first-round pick to Memphis for Rudy Gay and a second-round pick 

    The Memphis Grizzlies, by most accounts, are actively shopping Rudy Gay. And why wouldn't they? Just two years ago, they had a nice playoff run without the talented small forward.

    Their team is built around their big three of Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. At this point, they can't really afford Gay's contract, which will pay him over $36 million over the next two years.

    Stuckey would give them a dynamic scorer coming off the bench, or perhaps he would become a starter. Either way, he makes their backcourt better.

    Prince is a nice veteran winner that they could plug into the 3-spot for the next couple years while they contend for a title.

    Kravtsov is a tough player to lose, but the Pistons need to entice the Grizz with a project with upside.

    The first-rounder is similarly tough to deal with, but the Pistons could make it a conditional pick, and they are likely not going to get a better player than Gay with a late lottery pick.

    Gay would immediately make the Pistons a playoff team. He also makes them younger, more athletic and poised for a number of consecutive playoff spots.

    A young core of Gay, Drummond and Monroe would make the Pistons one of the best young teams in the Eastern Conference.

    The Pistons have been lacking star power for years, and Gay could become a superstar in the Pistons system.

    A combo of Gay and Drummond would give the Pistons two of the best finishers in the game.

Pistons Trade Stuckey to Minnesota for Luke Ridnour and Greg Stiemsma

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    Detroit deals Stuckey to Minnesota for Luke Ridnour, Greg Stiemsma and a second-round pick

    The Pistons haven't had a true point guard on their roster in years, and that is exactly what Ridnour is. To Pistons fans, he will call to mind a smarter, more technically sound Carlos Arroyo.

    He looks to set up his teammates at every turn and has a decent three-point shot (33 percent on the season).

    Stiemsma is basically a throw-in to make the salaries match up, but you could have worse things on your roster than seven-footers that can block shots.

    Minnesota has a very good starting lineup, but the Timberwolves are lacking athleticism off their bench. In an unselfish environment like Minnesota features, Stuckey could provide some fire. He also could pair well with Kevin Love.