Rodney Stuckey might think he's an elite point guard. But the numbers that he's put up throughout his career would suggest otherwise. More importantly, the lack of wins that his team has had don't exactly indicate that he's worth $10 million per season.
But according to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, Stuckey feels he's worth just that. Helin was responding to a report from Chad Ford of ESPN, who is reporting that Stuckey and his agent are "balking" at a five-year offer that would pay him between $40 million and $45 million.
According to Ford, Stuckey likes his chances of taking a one-year offer at $3.87 million and then getting a bigger contract as an unrestricted free agent.
Where do we even start with this one?
If he seriously rejects this offer, he's possibly looking at going into the same free-agent class as Chris Paul and/or Deron Williams. I know that either one of them could well be traded or sign an extension between now and then, but Stuckey does not want to even chance being in a free-agent class with those kinds of players.
This is a guy who puts up nice point totals, but is quite average at assists (roughly five a game) and shoots from below 30 percent from the three-point line. Neither of those are exactly ideal stats from a starting point guard.
None of that makes him worth a $10 million per year contract.
On top of that, there's just a matter of simple mathematics at play here.
Let's be conservative and take the low end of the reported offer here. That would have Stuckey making $8 million this season. Clearly, $8 million is a bigger number than $3.87 million.
If you were Rodney Stuckey, what would you do?
If Stuckey really goes through with this, rejecting the deal and signing a one-year contract with $3.87 million, his bank account is starting more than $4 million in the hole, even if he gets the deal next year that he feels he's worth.
I'll remind you that the above estimate of $8 million was the lowest offer that was being reported. It could actually be as high as $1 million per year more.
This is nothing more than a player overvaluing his skills, and not even thinking about anything else all that critically.
Given the situation, the offer Stuckey is getting is a very good one. This doesn't seem to be a matter of him wanting to leave Detroit, which would be understandable. No, he's just holding out for more money, not realizing how big of a hole he's digging for himself.
Stuckey is best served to sign this deal. That way, even if he wants to leave Detroit, teams will be more willing to make a move for him. As things stand, he's a point guard with an expiring contract, skills that don't completely mesh to the position and at least a hint of a bad attitude.
That's not exactly what teams are looking for.