Pacers pick up guard to help with Stephenson loss
The Indiana Pacers have agreed to terms with free agent guard Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal to help the team replace Lance Stephenson, who just agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Stuckey spent seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 13.9 points last season.
The Pacers' already-pressing need for more scorers increased Wednesday with the loss of Stephenson, who agreed to sign with Charlotte on a three-year deal worth $27 million. Indiana struggled to score even with Stephenson in the fold last season, ranking 21st in points scored per 100 possession. Their former backup shooting guard, Evan Turner, is currently a free agent as well.
Stuckey, who played his first seven seasons in Detroit and has alternated between a super-sub role and starting for the Pistons last season.
The Pistons' extended run of success was nearing an end by the time Stuckey was drafted 15th overall in 2007. Detroit reached the postseason in Stuckey's first two seasons (including an Eastern Conference finals appearance in 2009), but then missed in the next five.
(USA Today contributed to this report.)