News of interest between the Indiana Pacers and Rodney Stuckey were floating around earlier this afternoon thanks to Marc Stein, as the Pacers searched for guard help in the wake of Lance Stephenson heading to Charlotte to play for the newly minted Hornets. The news went full circle with Sam Amick sharing the news of the Pacers signing Stuckey.
The deal, a one year deal at the veteran minimum or will be a showcase in part of a sign and trade with Stuckey's former team of seven years, the Detroit Pistons. This isn't the first time Stuckey's name's shown up on Indiana's radar, but with the Stephenson news, Indiana has opted to move forward by signing Stuckey.
Stuckey has been a fixture with the Pistons since debuting in the league in 2007, posting a career scoring average of 13.4 points per game on 42.3% shooting. Stuckey's game isn't all that dissimilar from Stephenson's, with Stuckey a combo guard with ball handling and attacking capabilities. From that sense, it seems like an obvious move for a team that still looks to maintain their general tone in the absence of Lance.
But while it would be pretty killer deal if it's a vet minimum deal, but it still doesn't cloud that Stuckey is a difficult sell in terms of actually winning games. Stuckey's done very little in his career to better the success of his team, slogging through year after of rebuilding in Detroit with shaky shooting abilities and worse defense. As Candace Bucker pointed out, Stuckey is also no stranger to insubordination.
In the end, you get what you pay for and you generally pay for cost cutting. The loss of Lance can be weathered, but the option to sign Stuckey may be a pretty frightening year long storm to weather through. The 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers did something similar, replacing Lou Williams with Nick Young heading into the 2012-13 season as a cost cutting measure, and it resulted in a bad Sixers team that missed the playoffs.
Things shouldn't end up so dire for the Pacers, but if there's room for concern for the 2014-15 team's prospects for contending, there's a growing list of reasons to do so.