The Houston Rockets and defensive ace P.J. Tucker have been at a contractual standstill, as Tucker has been offered an extension but has decided against signing it for now, leaving the long-term possibility in flux. Tucker has seen alot of faces come and go since arriving in 2017, including some of the league’s most high-profile players, such as Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook (briefly), and James Harden, not to mention some of the unheralded players like Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela.
Tucker first requested an extension prior to the start of the 2019-20 season and has been very vocal about his frustration with the Rockets taking so long to make him an offer. As the Rockets are rebuilding, it’s understandable why Tucker wouldn’t want to remain with the franchise long-term.
On the flip side, from the Rockets’ standpoint they don’t exactly have a long-term need for him, as rookie Jae’Sean Tate has played with the same grit, grind, and hustle that made Houston Rockets fans first fall in love with Tucker. It’s been rumored that the Rockets were shopping Tucker, hoping to land future draft capital (three second-round picks to be exact).
3 trades to send Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker to the Timberwolves
One of the teams that have shown the most interest in the Sneaker King has been the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, who is the Timberwolves’ beat writer. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Wolves are interested in Tucker, as former Rockets executive Gersson Rosas is the President of Basketball Operations in Minnesota and is very familiar with Tucker, as Rosas was in Houston for Tucker’s first two seasons with the Rockets.
With Minnesota’s interest in Tucker and his perceived disinterest in remaining with the Rockets long-term, here are three trades that would send the 3-and-D forward to Minnesota.
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