With just over a month to go before the 2021 NBA trade deadline, the contenders are looking to change their rosters, and apparently some of them have the same goal in mind.
The Bucks and Lakers are among a group of teams interested in Rockets forward PJ Tucker, according to multiple reports. The 35-year-old failed to produce stunning numbers during his time in Houston (6.6 points, 5.8 rebounds per game over the past four seasons), but he has always demonstrated his worth as an interchangeable defenseman. , punctual shooter. and chef in the locker room. These skills make him an ideal choice for any franchise chasing a championship.
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Kevin O’Connor du Ringer recently reported on the situation in Milwaukee:
League sources told me in November that the Bucks were chasing PJ Tucker of the Rockets. Their interest remains today. Tucker would absolutely help. He’s a tough defender who could thrive in small-ball lineups alongside Giannis. Tucker turns 36 in May and will be a free agent this offseason, but trading opportunities are limited with an empty closet.
And ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed the latest news from Los Angeles:
The Lakers have been active. I know they made calls about some wing players to see if there was any shooting available there. Another player they’re interested in: PJ Tucker of the Houston Rockets. The suitors are very interested in Tucker, who is in the last year of his contract. The Miami Heat … Milwaukee, Brooklyn, many others. One thing I’ve been told is that Houston wants to come back, not picks, but a player they can plug into their roster.
As O’Connor and Wojnarowski noted, Tucker is in the final year of his contract, earning just under $ 8 million after apparently turning down an extension offer from the Rockets. While trading for Tucker would be a win-now decision, potential suitors should consider his impending free agency to determine how much they are willing to give up. The price charged by Houston could be high given the number of interested parties.
If the Bucks, Lakers, and others believe Tucker will improve their title chances, they might be willing to pay that price. Figuring out how to match salaries and agree on players on a Tucker trade might present some issues, but you can never ignore the creativity of NBA front offices when the pressure of the deal deadline is on them.