The Houston Rockets are in the middle of a six-game winning streak with their eyes firmly set on another playoff appearance. The only player to have started every game over the streak has been indomitable P.J. Tucker.
Tucker has had an outstanding career in Houston and since his arrival, in the summer of 2017, he has featured in every single Rockets game. What makes the streak all the more impressive is that Tucker started it at the ripe old age of 32.
Tucker stands at an unimposing, for NBA standards, 6’5 but has given the Rockets quality minutes at both forward positions and at center throughout his career. James Harden might have been the best player on the Rockets over the past few seasons, but Tucker was almost assuredly its heartbeat.
As a result, he has earned the love of Rockets fans but sadly his days in Houston could be numbered. Tucker is in the final season of his contract and the Rockets could look to move him before the deadline to recoup some assets to build their next title contender.
The demand for a player with Tucker’s versatility, toughness, and skill set will be fierce and it has been rumored that the Rockets want a first-round pick or three second-round picks to part with the franchise icon. It is a steep price to pay for a rental but a player like Tucker can alter a team’s championship odds.
If the Rockets keep on winning they’d be within their rights to hold onto Tucker and play out the seasons. However, it appears that the Rockets have set their price for the NBA’s foremost sneaker collector, these are the five teams that should have their sights set on P.J. Tucker.