With just one month until the NBA trade deadline of 2021, contenders want to bend their rosters. And clearly some of them have the same goal in mind.
Buck and the Lakers are, according to several reports, part of a group of teams interested in the Rockets’ PJ Tucker. The 35-year-old has not produced an eye-popping number during his time in Houston (5.8 rebounds per game over the last four seasons) (6.6 points), but he has consistently earned his value as a swift defender, spot-up shooter. Is demonstrated and leader in the locker room. Those skills make him a great fit for any franchise chasing a championship.
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The Ringer Kevin O’Connor recently reported On the situation in Milwaukee:
League sources told me in November that the Bucks were in search of PJ Tucker from the Rockets. His interest remains even today. Tucker will help absolutely. He is a staunch defender, who can succeed small bowlers next to Giannis. Tucker turned 36 in May and will be a free agent for this offseason, but business prospects are limited with an empty property cupboard.
And ESPN’s Adrian Wojrovski detailed the latest news out of Los Angeles:
The Lakers have become active. I know they have made a call about some wing players to see if there is some shooting available. Another player they are interested in: PJ Tucker from the Houston Rockets. There is great interest in Tucker’s contenders, who are in the final year of their deal. Miami Heat … Milwaukee, Brooklyn, many others. One thing I’ve said is Houston wants back, not the Pix, but a player they can plug back into their lineup.
As both O’Connor and Woznarowski said, Tucker is in the final year of his contract, reportedly earning less than $ 8 million. Rockets rejected an expansion proposal. While the trade will be a win-now move for Tucker, potential suitors have to determine in their imminent free agency how much they are willing to give up. And Houston’s asking price may be higher, given the number of interested parties.
If the Bucks, Lakers, and others think Tucker will improve their title opportunities, however, they may be willing to pay that price. Finding out how the salary is matched and agreeing on which players are part of the Tucker trade can present some issues, but you never discount the creativity of NBA front offices When the deadline pressure of business is falling on them.