Pacers introduce Rodney Stuckey

(WISH Photo/Phil Nardiello)
(WISH Photo/Phil Nardiello)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Pacers officially announced the signing of free agent guard Rodney Stuckey Monday.

Word of the signing leaked last Wednesday, the day Lance Stephenson accepted a three-year contract with Charlotte.

The Pacers are hoping Stuckey can provide some scoring with the departure of Stephenson. Stuckey has averaged 13.4 points per game through seven NBA seasons with a career high of 16.6 points per game in 2009-10.

“I have to come in and earn everybody’s respect first and foremost and just fit in,” Stuckey told reporters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Monday morning. “I’m not trying to come in and do anything out of the ordinary. I’m just trying to come in and be level-headed, learn from these guys and just play hard with them and compete with them.”

Stuckey’s spent his entire career in Detroit after the Pistons picked him 15th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. He said he’s looking forward to a new start and the chance to win.

“I want to go to the playoffs,” he said. “I want to experience that again. It’s not fun having the whole summer to do nothing, so I just want to play basketball and this is a good opportunity for me to do that.”

Stuckey’s been putting himself through two-a-day workouts at his high school gym in Seattle.

“Indiana has always been a great organization. They win and that’s what I’m all about,” Stuckey said. “This was just a good fit. It’s a good situation for me to come in and start my career over. I’m excited.”

He will wear jersey No. 2 to represent his fresh start in the league.

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