Thanks for your service Rodney Stuckey but you will no longer be needed in Detroit. Thats what Joe Dumars should say to Rodney Stuckey by Sunday June, 30 2013. If they do they can save approx 4.5 million in cap space. That means they would only have to pay Stuckey $4 million of his $8.5 million contract for this season.
Stuck With Rodney
The Pistons have been stuck with Rondey Stuckey for the last couple of seasons which have seen Stuckey’s number in steady decline. Since his career high of 34.2 minutes played and 16.6 points per game in the 2009-10 season, he has seen a slow and steady decrease. His set career lows in minutes at 28.6 and PPG 11.5.
One can’t even make the argument that more minutes would lead to more production. His 36 minute projections are also career lows. That means, and this should come to no surprise to Piston fans, that Stuckey hasn’t making the best of the playing time he does have.
Free Agent Answers
If Stuckey does have productive years left (he is only 26) they won’t be in a Piston uniform. It is clear to all who watched last year that Stuckey doesn’t want to be in Detroit anymore. So releasing him and saving 4.5 million dollars in cap space would free up money to bring in a more talented, younger player that is hungry enough to get after it when his number is called. There are up and comers out there available via trade (Eric Bledsoe) that could help the Pistons right now.
Hopefully pride doesn’t get in the way of Dumars doing the right thing and letting Stuckey go. It is time for the Detroit Pistons to turn the page on the last few season and move forward with a fresh and hungry outlook. Unfortunately for him, Rodney Stuckey can’t be a part of that if the Detroit Pistons want to make the play-offs next season.