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. “You know, I think if you win, everyone looks good. I’m excited man. I needed this fresh start. You know, I think this is all going to be for good. I’m just ready to get started with these guys.”
He will wear jersey No. 2 to represent his fresh start in the league.