P.J. Tucker Commerce Rumors: Lakers, Nets, Heat, Bucks Among Groups
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Diverse NBA contenders, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, are taking into consideration procuring and selling for Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday's model of NBA Countdown.
Harrison Faigen of Silver Veil masks & Roll transcribed Woj's feedback:
"The Lakers win been active. I know they’ve made calls about some fly avid gamers to check if there would possibly perhaps be some taking pictures on hand accessible. Every other player they’re taking into consideration: P.J. Tucker, from the Houston Rockets. There’s a lot of interest among contenders in Tucker, who’s within the closing year of his deal. The Miami Heat, who the Lakers play tonight, Milwaukee, Brooklyn, several others. One thing I’m on the spot is that Houston wants wait on no longer picks, nonetheless a player that they'll poke wait on into their lineup."
The Rockets' season is on the brink after a seven-recreation shedding lag has dropped them to 11-17 total and 13th within the Western Convention.
A large entrance living of commercial, coaching and roster upheaval over the span of a pair of months hasn't helped matters because the recent group appears to be like to possess chemistry following a truncated offseason, nonetheless Houston appears to be like like a play-in match group at very most keen at this juncture.
Houston has already reportedly notified expansive man DeMarcus Cousins that he will be released within the upcoming days because the Rockets check to win smaller and younger within the frontcourt, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Transferring Tucker would align with that philosophy. Even though Tucker has chanced on success as a exiguous-ball 5 on the Rockets, the 35-year-dilapidated old is probably going very most keen served taking part in out this season on a contending group as Houston appears to be like to proceed its rebuild within the post-James Harden generation.
Tucker has struggled offensively this year (4.7 aspects per recreation on 37.5 p.c taking pictures), nonetheless he became a key cog within the Rockets' playoff groups over the previous three seasons, taking pictures 36.9 p.c from three-level vary, offering defensive versatility at forward and center and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per recreation.
He would possibly perhaps perchance perhaps no longer be called upon to start up and play 30-plus minutes, nonetheless Tucker is frequently a gradual fragment off the bench for any NBA title contender having a sight to make stronger its 2nd unit.