Rodney Stuckey says Pistons tried to wreck his reputation during free agency

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Rodney Stuckey was a serviceable point guard option for the Pistons during his first seven NBA seasons, but when it was time for him to become a free agent, he believes that someone on the team tried to sabotage him.

From Mark Montieth of Pacers.com:

Stuckey is a bench player in name only. He’s led the Pacers in minutes played the last two games, and ranks third on the team in minutes per game. He played 36 minutes, 58 seconds against Milwaukee, including all of the fourth quarter and overtime. Call him a reserve if you like, but attach an asterisk to it.

“A lot of people were questioning my character,” he said. “’Oh, he’s not a good teammate.’ This and that. That and this. I’m a great guy. I’m very humble, I come to work each and every day, do my business.”

But someone with the Pistons tried to sully his reputation, he said.

“It’s just unfortunate,” he said. “I’m not going to say names, but I know who it was. It’s just unfortunate for that person to throw me under the bus.”

Stuckey is on a minimum salary deal with the Pacers, and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He wants to remain in Indiana, but should have plenty of offers to play elsewhere, too — as long as he isn’t similarly disparaged by a member of the Pacers on his way out of town.