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Rodney Stuckey to Pacers

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Rodney Stuckey is returning to Indiana, agreeing to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Please or Register to view links on Sunday.

    Please or Register to view links of RealGM first reported details on the contract, which includes a player option for the third season. The deal cannot become official until July 9, the end of the Please or Register to view links's moratorium on transactions. Please or Register to view links of the Indianapolis Star confirmed the report.

    Stuckey, 29, played in Indiana last season under a veteran's minimum contract, which was tied as much to his desire for extended playing time as it was to Please or Register to view links around the league. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists, splitting his time between the starting lineup and a sixth-man role.

    "I think it’s important for us to get him back here," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said of Stuckey at his Please or Register to view links. "We need guys like Rodney. He was a major plus for our franchise."

    In a vacuum, Stuckey's deal should not raise any eyebrows. The cost of doing business in the NBA is going up—way up—and Stuckey is a fine rotation player who knows how to fill a certain role. In the new NBA economy, there is no issue paying $7 million for a volume-scoring bench guard.

    Paying $18 million a year for two players with that general skill set is a bit dicier. The Pacers already agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with Monta Ellis, per ESPN's Please or Register to view links. Ellis will likely start for Indiana, but putting him on the same roster as Stuckey is interesting, to say the least.

    Both players are undersized, score-first combo guards who defend at a below-average level. Stuckey is a more consistent defender than Ellis, but opposing players shot Please or Register to view links than their average when defended by him last season. At best, he tops out as an average defender whose offensive skill set is redundant and inferior to Ellis'.

    The Pacers' roster construction—George Hill and C.J. Miles are the only other guards currently signed—means Stuckey and Ellis will have to spend time on the floor together. That could be a defensive disaster for a team that just two years ago was built around perhaps the best defensive starting five in the NBA. Depending on how their contracts are structured, Stuckey and Ellis will account for about 20 percent of Indiana's cap, even after the massive spikes in 2016 and 2017, per Please or Register to view links.

    With the Pacers also drafting Joseph Young in the second round, another score-first combo guard, it's clear Bird had a vision about the type of player he wanted to acquire this offseason. It's fair to wonder if he splurged a little too much at that spot.
     
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