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No Sign and Trade Possible for Stuckey

In a recent comment thread (can't remember quite where), a few of us were discussing the possibility of a S&T with Stuckey. Packey linked to a rule which seemed to indicate a S&T wasn't possible for RFAs. I decided to ask Keith via the Mailbag. Here's his answer: Ben (Lansing, Mich.): I’m confused as to whether the Pistons could negotiate a sign and trade for Rodney Stuckey due to his status as a restricted free agent. Is that possible? Langlois: Not under the current CBA, which won’t be in effect when Stuckey becomes a restricted free agent on July 1, regardless. Under current rules, it works like this: Stuckey puts himself on the market as a RFA. If he can entice somebody to offer him a contract he finds suitable, he signs an offer sheet. The Pistons would then have a week to match. But they can’t match it and trade him. In fact, if Stuckey signs an offer sheet and the Pistons match, they can’t trade him for one full year without his consent – and they could not trade him to the team that extends the offer sheet for a year, regardless of consent. If Stuckey did not agree to another team’s offer sheet, as best I interpret the CBA, once he were to re-sign with the Pistons, he could then be traded no earlier than Dec. 15. But, again, the new CBA figures to alter the rules across the board.

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