Rodney Stuckey went from being primarily a starter the past four years to coming off the bench this season after Kyle Singler broke into the lineup at the shooting guard position. His role on the team isn’t likely to see an immediate change after the Jose Calderon acquisition, but his long-term prospects with the organization may have taken a hit.
In the short term it seems that Calderon will slide into the starting lineup at the point guard position, Brandon Knight will shift off the ball to the shooting guard spot, and Singler will move to fill the small forward position voided by Tayshaun Prince. This will likely leave Stuckey as the backup shooting guard for the remainder of the season – not a change – but if they look to re-sign Calderon after the season (as could be the case), Stuckey would be officially out of the picture.
Of course he could remain with the team through next season – the final year of his contract – but Joe Dumars might want to move him in order to use his $8.5 million elsewhere. If Knight excels off the ball, where he can be primarily a scorer instead of a ball handler, then Stuckey becomes as very expendable piece and, as a bench player, his contract could be a hindrance to further team development.
With Tayshaun Prince now out of the picture — a guy they’ve seemingly been trying to trade for three or four years — Stuckey probably becomes the primary target of Pistons trade rumors moving forward.