July 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Sources: Rodney Stuckey leaves Pistons, signs 1-year deal with Pacers

In seven seasons with the Pistons, Rodney Stuckey averaged 13.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. (Clarence Tabb Jr / Detroit News)

After seven years and six coaches, Rodney Stuckey has moved on from the Pistons, signing with the Indiana Pacers.

The deal is for one year and the veterans' minimum, two sources told The Detroit News on Wednesday night, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet officially been announced.

Signing Stuckey could turn out to be a bargain for the Pacers after free agent Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets early Wednesday morning.

Stuckey can play both guard positions, and if he performs well for a team that made the Eastern Conference finals two years in a row, he can set himself up for a big payday next summer.

He averaged 13.9 points off the bench for the Pistons this season, his first year since his rookie season in which he was a consistent reserve.

Inconsistency marked Stuckey's time in Detroit. The Pistons drafted him with the 15th overall pick in 2007 and hoped he would take the mantle as point guard early in his tenure. He seemed to balk at the responsibility and got into run-ins with coaches John Kuester and Lawrence Frank.

In seven seasons with the Pistons, Stuckey averaged 13.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

Although he never fully realized his potential, he still could be a vital piece for the Pacers, who plan to contend in a reshaped Eastern Conference.

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