The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking for veteran backcourt help in free agency and have turned their attention to Rodney Stuckey, according to Mark Medina of the Orange County Register.
With intentions to bolster their backcourt and provide a veteran presence around their young roster, the Lakers “have shown interest” in free agent guard Rodney Stuckey, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
The Lakers have had preliminary discussions surrounding Stuckey but have not scheduled any meetings as both parties have evaluated other options, the source said. Still, the 31-year-old Stuckey finds the Lakers appealing for several reasons.
Stuckey can play either point guard or shooting guard, adding value as a backup who can also play alongside rookie Lonzo Ball.
He is open to signing a one-year deal, which Los Angeles prefers as they try to keep maximum cap space for 2018 free agency and their pursuit to Paul George, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and other superstar free agents.
The Lakers have also expressed interest in signing Rajon Rondo and Jamal Crawford to one-year deals this offseason.
Stuckey was waived by the Indiana Pacers late last season after suffering a strained left patellar tendon, ending his three-year stint with them. While in Indiana, he formed a strong relationship with George, LA's top target in 2018, and the Lakers are hoping he can help recruit him.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 17.8 minutes per game last season.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed