That gives the Pistons a new floor leader and increases the possibility that 2010-11 leading scorer and restricted free agent Rodney Stuckey will not return.
According to the Detroit News the Detroit Pistons will tender guard Rodney Stuckey to a $3.8 million qualifying off this week.
Gores was asked who he will turn to for basketball knowledge and then looked down in the front row and said “Joe Dumars will tell me everything I need to know.”
Rodney Stuckey didn’t sound very convincing when he said he could return to the Pistons next season and play under coach John Kuester. His voice cracked and there was a bit of hesitation.
Rodney Stuckey is averaging 22.7 points and 8.3 assists off the bench in his last three games, including a game-high 24 points and 11 assists against Charlotte Sunday.
After getting benched for two consecutive games, including a road loss in Washington Tuesday, Stuckey played 34 minutes in Detroit’s victory over New Jersey Wednesday. Stuckey was the first reserve off the bench and ended up playing the entire second half when Will Bynum suffered a right knee strain.
Guard Rodney Stuckey wanted to earn the distinction as the Pistons’ team leader when he came to training camp.
This past Friday night before another Piston loss Stuckey refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter vs. the Bulls. After the game Stuckey said “There are six games left. That’s all I have to say. Six games left. That’s it. I can survive for six games.”
Forward Tayshaun Prince spreads the blame around for the Pistons’ second straight trip to the draft lottery. The Pistons were officially eliminated from the playoff chase Friday but still have six games remaining.
Rodney Stuckey could wind up replacing Tracy McGrady at point guard for the remainder of the season.