With simply over a month till the 2021 NBA trade deadline, contenders need to tweak their rosters, and apparently a few of them have the identical goal in thoughts.
The Bucks and Lakers are a part of a gaggle of teams in Rockets ahead P.J. Tucker, in line with a number of reviews. The 35-year-old hasn’t produced eye-popping numbers throughout his time in Houston (6.6 factors, 5.8 rebounds per recreation during the last 4 seasons), however he has constantly demonstrated his worth as a switchable defender, spot-up shooter and chief in the locker room. Those abilities make him an excellent match for any franchise chasing a championship.
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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor just lately reported on the state of affairs in Milwaukee:
League sources informed me in November that the Bucks had been in pursuit of P.J. Tucker from the Rockets. Their interest stays as we speak. Tucker would completely assist. He is a stout defender who may thrive in small-ball lineups subsequent to Giannis. Tucker turns 36 in May and can be a free agent this offseason, however the trade prospects are restricted with an empty asset cabinet.
And ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed the most recent news out of Los Angeles:
The Lakers have been lively. I do know they’ve made calls about some wing gamers to see if there’s some taking pictures obtainable on the market. Another participant they’re in: P.J. Tucker, from the Houston Rockets. There’s quite a lot of interest among contenders in Tucker, who’s in the final 12 months of his deal. The Miami Heat … Milwaukee, Brooklyn, a number of others. One factor I’m informed is Houston desires again, not picks, however a participant that they will plug again into their lineup.
As each O’Connor and Wojnarowski famous, Tucker is in the ultimate 12 months of his contract, making slightly below $8 million after he reportedly declined an extension provide from the Rockets. While buying and selling for Tucker could be a win-now transfer, potential suitors must issue in his impending free company when figuring out how a lot they’re keen to surrender. Houston’s asking worth could possibly be excessive contemplating the variety of events.
If the Bucks, Lakers and others really feel Tucker will enhance their title probabilities, although, they might be ready to pay that worth. Figuring out the best way to match salaries and agreeing on which gamers are a part of a Tucker trade may current some points, however you’ll be able to by no means low cost the creativity of NBA entrance places of work when the stress of the trade deadline is bearing down on them.