Free agent shooting guard Rodney Stuckey has signed a three-year, $21 million dollar deal with the Indiana Pacers, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.
After a successful season with the Pacers, president of basketball operations Larry Bird said the team was interested in keeping Stuckey around. But reports came out that Stuckey wanted to sign with a contender, and the Rockets and Bulls emerged as the most likely landing spots for the eight-year veteran until he decided to remain with the Pacers.
Stuckey spent seven years with the Detroit Pistons before his one-year stint with the Pacers. He's an explosive scorer who can provide valuable minutes as either a starter or a reserve.
Last season, Stuckey averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. He hit 39 percent of his three-point shots. He's exactly the type of scorer who could give a contender an added boost offensively.
Stuckey wanted to be on a contender, which seemed to mean he would leave Indiana. But in the lowly Eastern Conference, he might be in the right place. The Pacers almost made the playoffs last year with Paul George missing the majority of the season. They will miss Roy Hibbert, who is heading to the Lakers, but the Pacers did sign Monta Ellis to a four-year deal. With a steady Stuckey coming off the bench to help out Ellis, they could be extremely dangerous in the East.