The Detroit Pistons are planning to be players in the free agent market but will have a little less money to do so after deciding they would not release guard Rodney Stuckey today.
Stuckey had a partially non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season which would have allowed the Pistons to buy out the former Eastern Washington star for $4 million dollars. However, for some reason, they decided against that and will now bring back Stuckey at his full salary of $8.5 million for the 2013-14 season.
Per David Aldridge:
Pistons, per source, will not waive Rodney Stuckey, which would have saved $4.5M. Assuming no trade, he’s on the books for 13-14 at $8.5M.
Stucky’s return doesn’t come without value. While it does take some financial flexibility away from the Pistons in the free agent market, Stuckey will be an expiring contract which could become a solid tradeable asset as the February trade deadline comes around.
The six year guard averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 assists in nearly 29 minutes a game last season.