Rodney Stuckey Being Lured By China While Detroit Pistons Remain Locked Out

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23: Rodney Stuckey #3 Detroit Pistons gets in for a dunk between Chris Bosh #1 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rodney Stuckey is being looked at by a team in China. The Chinese Basketball Association does not allow for NBA opt-outs, meaning he'd be ineligible to return to the Detroit Pistons this season.

Rodney Stuckey was given a qualifying offer by the Detroit Pistons prior to the NBA lockout beginning, making him a restricted free agent in the NBA sense of the word. Stuckey has no restrictions regarding his playing overseas this season, however, which is why a team in China is working to lure him to the Chinese Basketball Association.

The Guangdong Southern Tigers are "making a hard push" for Stuckey, according to a report on Tuesday from ESPN's Marc Stein. Earlier in the day, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express said he'd be surprised if that happened, but he was also aware of the possibility.

If Stuckey is lured by the Chinese team this season, he'd join fellow NBA player Yi Jianlian, but would be unable to return to the NBA until either being released by Guangdong or the team's season finishes. Guangdong played through April 27 last season as they were led by former NBA players Lester Hudson, Marcus Haislip and Fred Jones.

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