Sticking points keep Rodney Stuckey and Pistons apart
1:45 AM, Dec. 12, 2011
By Vince Ellis
Here's a multiple-choice question.
Of the following players, who should make the most money?
Player A: 15.5 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 31.2 minutes per game.
Player B: 11.2 points, 2.1 assists, 44% field-goal shooting, 26 minutes.
Player C: 11.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 44.2% field-goal shooting, 21.9 minutes.
Player D: 12.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 24.3 minutes.
Even those who could not care less that the NBA season is on course to start Christmas Day probably would choose Player A.
That player is Piston Rodney Stuckey, a restricted free-agent guard.
Player B is Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon, who is on the books for $11.6 million (prorated to about $9.3 million for the 66-game regular season). Player C is Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who is down for $7.5 million. Player D is shooting guard Marcus Thornton, who signed a four-year, $33-million deal with the Kings this past week.
Make no mistake: Stuckey and Leon Rose, his agent, are well aware of those numbers and believe a case can be made that Stuckey is deserving of a contract that pays him $10 million per season.
That means Stuckey's negotiations with the Pistons could drag.