NBA Rumors: Rodney Stuckey Balking at Pistons Offer, Won't Get Better Elsewhere

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 08:  Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball over Jarrett Jack #2 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on December 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Pistons 93-74.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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One of the better free agents still on the market remains Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey.

By the looks of things, he could be there for a while.

According to ESPN's Chad Ford, Stuckey is balking at the Pistons' current five-year, $40-45 million offer.

There's no doubt that Stuckey is a good player. He averaged more than 15 points and five assists per game last season in Detroit.

Having said that, how much money does Stuckey really think he's worth?

Especially in this market.

Considering that the Pistons recently drafted Kentucky's Brandon Knight, Stuckey's role could be somewhat reduced. To still be offered more than $8 million a year and not be happy, Stuckey has to be getting some bad advice from somewhere.

He's had the knack to show some explosiveness, but overall Stuckey isn't that good of a shooter or a finisher around the basket. As a point guard, he's also not a great distributor.

As a player, his value isn't as high as the Pistons' current offer, and it's extremely unlikely that he receives a better offer elsewhere. So far, the market outside of Detroit has been close to non-existent for Stuckey, so it's extremely doubtful that someone is going to step up and trump what Detroit has already offered.

Or maybe Stuckey has forgotten part of the reason for the lockout was to attempt to prevent bad long-term contracts being handed out by teams.

At the end of the day, Stuckey is going to have to take a look in the mirror and take a look at the current market.

When he does, he will realize that the current offer coming in from Detroit is a gift.