By Bob Garcia IV @bgarcia90 on June 5, 2014
This upcoming offseason, Rodney Stuckey will become an unrestricted free agent and have the choice to go elsewhere to play next season and beyond. Stuckey is a combo guard who has the ability to be a solid scoring punch (13.4 career points per game) and a spark off the bench for any team in the league. With that said, here are five likely destinations for the seven-year veteran.
Yes, the Philadelphia 76ers are an option despite being one of the league's worst teams over the last couple of seasons. However, Philadelphia has plenty of cap space this offseason, with just over $ 30 million, which will allow them to pursue free agents if they want. If Stuckey is looking to get paid above all else, the 76ers are an option, but to not sell them short, they have a young nucleus and the third overall pick this year's draft.
If the Toronto Raptors are unable to sign point guard Kyle Lowry to a contract this offseason, Stuckey could become a cheaper option at the position for them. Stuckey has experience being a starter and at times has shown the ability to be an decent passer. If both sides were to go this route, it gives the team a stout defender and scorer to play alongside DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas.
Although the Utah Jazz will have a restricted free agent in Gordon Hayward this offseason, there is reason to believe that they will do what have to do bring him back. With Hayward back, Utah has a young core group that would benefit greatly from the addition of a combo guard such as Stuckey, who can provide them instant offense the bench and guidance to their point guard of the future in Trey Burke.
The Phoenix Suns will have a boatload of cap space to play with this offseason, and have every intention of locking up Eric Bledsoe to a deal. With that said, Stuckey can come right in off the bench and provide an instant scoring punch when Goran Dragic or Bledsoe get their rest. If either were to get injured, he can be a viable fill-in starter. Above all else, the Suns are a team on the rise and Stuckey would be wise to consider them an option.
In all likelihood, Stuckey will remain with the team which he has spent the first seven years of his career with. The Detroit Pistons will likely offer him a more lucrative contract than any other team. Along with that, he has familiarity with the franchise. They appear to be heading in the right direction with Stan Van Gundy as their new head coach, and have plenty of cap space this offseason to help improve the roster for next season.
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