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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers ‘pursuing’ Rodney Stuckey

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Los Angeles continues its quest for backcourt help.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to add a former Indiana Pacers guard to their roster, just not the one you think. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Rodney Stuckey is among the list of guards the Lakers are “pursuing” along with “Rajon Rondo, Jamal Crawford (if bought out), [and] Dion Waiters.”

Stuckey played the last three seasons of his 10-year career with the Pacers, and averaged 7.2 points and 2.2 assists in 17.8 minutes per game over 39 games with the Indiana last season. The Pacers cut Stuckey before the end of the season to avoid guaranteeing his salary for next season.

The Lakers are only offering one-year deals, and Stuckey would likely be available to provide some backcourt help on that type of contract. He isn’t much of a shooter (making only 30 percent of his 3-pointers in his career) or defender (negative defensive box score plus minus in every season of his career other than his rookie season), but if they’re only offering one-year commitments, the Lakers may not be able to be that choosy.

All stats per NBA.com. and Basketball-Reference.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here, or listen to our thoughts on remaining free agent targets for the Lakers below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.