According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Orlando Magic have interest in free agent guard Rodney Stuckey. Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 43.6% shooting as a reserve for the Detroit Pistons.
For Orlando, it doesn’t make much sense. Orlando just brought in Evan Fournier from the Arron Afflalo trade, drafted Elfrid Payton, and have last year’s second overall pick in Victor Oladipo all manning guard spots. Those three guys seem to be the ones that will garner the most of Orlando’s wing minutes next season. There will be backup point guard minutes available, but for Stuckey? When you hear what general manager Rob Hennigan has said over recent weeks, it makes sense that Orlando has intrigue for Stuckey. Hennigan wants to have some balance between veterans and young players. Stuckey has seven seasons of experience, and certainly could serve as a mentor and combo guard on the roster.
The biggest problem is that Stuckey doesn’t fit what the Magic need. He really needs the ball in his hands to create offense at this point, and while he’s a solid defender, he’s equally as dreadful of a shooter. In his seven seasons as a pro, Stuckey has yet to reach 45 percent from the field, and never eclipsed the 32 percent mark from three. With his poor shooting, who does he match with in the backcourt? Evan Fournier is really the only guy you match with him and have the ability to space the floor. Adding another non-shooter to a group of bad shooters doesn’t seem like the best move in the world, especially to a team with tempered expectations like this year’s Magic team.
Along with his fit, I wonder how much it cost to acquire Stuckey. The Magic have no cap issues, but you also don’t want to add a big contract with Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris on the verge of extensions. Stuckey is an interesting free agent. At 27-years-old, Stuckey could see this free agency period as a way to grab a big contract, or, look to boost his value and re-enter free agency in two seasons. If Stuckey is looking or a three or four-year deal, the Magic should pass. However, if Stuckey is looking for a deal around 12 million over two years, I can see the Magic being interested.