Rodney Stuckey appeared to be a completely different player with the Indiana Pacers last season than he was the year before with the Detroit Pistons. He was a very solid three-point shooter, and was much more aggressive on the offensive end of the court than he had been throughout his career to that point. This offseason, he is one of the more intriguing free agents on the market.
According to a report from Chris Haynes, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the teams showing interest in signing Stuckey.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 2015
It is a bit of a surprise, but makes sense for both teams if they can figure out how to make the financials work. Cleveland is looking to make big improvements to their bench, and that is exactly what Stuckey would be. He could come in with the second unit and be one of the primary leaders and scorers for them.
Cleveland has been extremely active since free agency opened up. They have re-signed Iman Shumpert and Kevin Love, and are working on new deals with both Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova. Adding Stuckey to their mix would make LeBron James very happy, and would make the Cavaliers even more stacked to make a run at the NBA Finals once again in 2015-16.
Last season with the Pacers, Stuckey ended up averaging 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He shot 44.0 percent from the floor overall and 39.0 percent from behind the three-point arc.
It will be interesting to see if the two sides are able to progress on a deal with the situation that the Cavaliers are in financially. They can’t offer him a huge amount of money, but being given a chance to be on one of the best teams in the NBA might be too much for Stuckey to pass up. Signing in the Central division would give him the chance to get revenge on the Pacers for signing Monta Ellis instead of him.
Expect to hear more rumors about Stuckey over the next few days, and don’t be surprised if the Cavaliers are able to sign him.