With the 3:00 pm, Feb. 21 NBA Trade Deadline close enough for an hourly countdown (73 hours and 28 minutes away), there's a few Piston-linked names that many are expecting to be moved. After a verbal altercation with his head coach, former Piston shooting guard Ben Gordon will likely be traded off of Charlotte’s roster. Looking to re-tool and possibly add a big-name post presence, the Chicago Bulls have been linked to trade talks with Toronto and Orlando. The proposed trade includes either Andrea Bargnani (TOR) or J.J. Reddick (ORL), for Piston-champion Rip Hamilton (CHI) and Carlos Boozer (CHI).
As far as current Pistons go, there's been talk about moving the expiring contracts of Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell since the trade season officially began. The rumors around Bynum and Maxiell have quieted down, but one name has found a consistent place on the tongues of many NBA trade rumorists. Rodney Stuckey.
HoopsHype.com has a nice player chart tagging players rumored to be on the trade block, and which players they're being linked to. Rodney Stuckey is on that chart. Click here to see the full spread.
Even more Stuckey talk, Lang Green of HoopsWorld.com posted a trade rumor article earlier today that included information on the Pistons looking to move Rodney Stuckey. Here's a snippet:
The Pistons appear to have invested in the guard duo of Jose Calderon and Brandon Knight as their future in the backcourt. Stuckey has struggled to find consistency this season and may find himself as the odd man out in Detroit…Stuckey has a player option for $8.5 million next season. If the Pistons are able to move Stuckey without acquiring any long-term salary obligations the team will have over $30 million in cap space this summer to work with.
Stuckey's numbers have dropped off this season, but that's likely due to the decrease in minutes played and increase in attempted three-pointers. Still, Stuckey's on-ball defense and ability to defend bigger, post-up shooting guards does give him value. He's been moved to a reserve role for the Pistons, a role that he'd likely assume on another team, and his success in the new role adds to his trade value as well…especially for a team looking for an increased boost from their second unit.
The ideal return piece for the Pistons in a Stuckey-related trade would be a first-round draft pick. The only teams that would consider giving up a first rounder would be a team likely to pick near the bottom of the first round, a playoff team and a potential contender. This is all wishful speculation though.
The Pistons already made their major move with the Prince-Calderon trade, but clearing more cap space by moving Stuckey would be a nice secondary. At this point, all that can be done is wait for Feb. 21.
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