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NBA Rumors: Pistons Must End The Rodney Stuckey Era In Detroit

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 19:  Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the net as Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 19, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2011

The Detroit Pistons need to stop worrying about the ridiculous contract demands of Rodney Stuckey. Let him try to find another stupid team to pay him more than the reported five-year, $40 million to $45 million contract he rejected from the Pistons. He wants at least $10 million a year.

For comparisons sake, Mike Conley signed a five-year, $40 million deal last season. He is a much better shooter and a better leader on the court, and he has examples of postseason success.

I’m not here to tell you Stuckey is awful. His 15.5 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds a season ago are impressive numbers to say the least. Yet it’s hard to overlook his incredibly awful 26-percent career mark from three-point range. He doesn’t stretch defenses and lacks the incredible athleticism of Rajon Rondo to make up for it (Rondo, by the way, makes $10 million a year).

He is never going to be the starting point guard on a championship team. Stuckey can be a super sub, but he isn’t talented enough to play 30-plus minutes a night for a talent-rich team trying to win it all. Name me one defining moment in his career…I can’t think of one.

It’s time to hit the reset button in the Motor City. They already got rid of Richard Hamilton, but need to do more. I thought re-signing Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko was a huge mistake. They should have used their amnesty on Ben Gordon as well.

They didn’t, and now the Pistons are going to look eerily similar to the team that went 30-52 a season ago if they keep Stuckey in town.

The future is Brandon Knight, and he just so happens to be a point guard. Save the cash and focus on adding size and depth to the front line. Knight and Gordon are now the two most talented guards; Stuckey is the odd man out.

Do yourself a $45 million favor, Joe Dumars: pass on Stuckey. 

 

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