Indiana Pacers point guard Rodney Stuckey has blasted his former team, the Detroit Pistons, who he believes tried to ruin his reputation.
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Stuckey has made a noticeable impact in Indiana, playing significantly more minutes than what he would have expected given that he has established himself as a reserve guard for most of his career.
However, he isn’t best pleased with the way the Pistons handled his free agency situation, and after spending his first seven seasons in the NBA with the franchise, he admits that it was difficult to deal with.
“A lot of people were questioning my character, “‘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,” he said, according to Pacers.com.
“It’s just unfortunate. 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.”
While the 28-year-old is currently on a minimum salary with the Pacers, he has already insisted that he wants to extend his stay with the franchise as he looks ahead to becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.
He will likely receive several offers from around the NBA given his form since his switch, but it will be up to him as to whether or not he feels more comfortable with his current team-mates moving forward and if the Pacers want him to return.
Stuckey is averaging 13.1 points, 3.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in 57 appearances for the Pacers this year.