San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

Spurs reportedly at workout for free agent Rodney Stuckey

By Rob Wolkenbrod
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 19: Rodney Stuckey #2 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on March 19, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 19: Rodney Stuckey #2 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on March 19, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs were amongst those in attendance for a workout for Rodney Stuckey, a free agent.

With the loss of Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs opened a spot at backup point guard. Patty Mills and Derrick White have taken ball-handling duties before, whether in the NBA or G League, but have skill sets that lean more towards scorers than distributors. But could another join this group?

According to basketball reporter David Pick, the Spurs were in attendance for a workout with Rodney Stuckey. The Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors also sent representatives.

Source: NBA free agent Rodney Stuckey is working out at Impact Sports in Las Vegas: Warriors, Nets, Grizzlies, Spurs and Pacers have sent reps.

— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 12, 2018

Stuckey last played in the 2016-17 season with the Indian Pacers, averaging 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists on 37.3 percent shooting and 31 percent from 3-point range. He suffered a knee injury that year, was waived and never made it to an NBA court in 2017-18.

Stuckey found success in seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons, from 2007-14, topping out at 16.6 points per game in 2009-10. His career numbers are 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Why another guard?

The Spurs lost Parker, but they selected Lonnie Walker IV, a shooting guard, in the 2018 NBA Draft. Marco Belinelli also joined the team on a two-year deal. Along with Bryn Forbes’ new contract, the Silver and Black have backcourt depth.

Is Stuckey seen as a backup point guard? As noted, Mills and White can fill this, but both are score-first, and Dejounte Murray is defensive-minded but needs work as a playmaker. Maybe the Spurs like Stuckey’s ability to attack the rim, despite his lack of 3-point shooting (a career 30-percent shooter from long distance).

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It’s also no guarantee that San Antonio signs Stuckey, and it can still view other point guards in free agency. Who will emerge as a candidate, though? Could the organization stay in-house and use someone from their dearth of guards?

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