The Guangdong Southern Tigers in China are making a hard push to sign Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations. The biggest hurdle for Guangdong to clear, though, is the same hurdle all Chinese teams face when trying to land NBA players: Stuckey would be unable to come back to the NBA until Guangdong's season ends in the spring if he goes through with the deal. ESPN.com
If Stuckey elects to sign with the Tigers, he'd be obligated to stay with the Chinese team through the completion of the season in March even if the ongoing NBA lockout ends before that, thanks to rules instituted this season by the Chinese Basketball Association that prevent its teams from offering an in-season out to players signed away from the NBA. ESPN.com
Unless he thinks there isn't going to be a season, going to China doesn't make sense to me. There's plenty of NBA teams that will want to sign him. I think the NBA players that are signing without the out clause isn't the smartest thing to do. I like that the guys are playing and competing but the idea of not coming back when the NBA starts up isn't good. I don't think Stuckey will end up taking that deal.