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).
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?