Friday night’s game between the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors sent the Rockets into their tenth consecutive loss, which should come as no surprise, as they’ve been decimated with injuries this season, forcing Rockets coach Stephen Silas to constantly have to adapt the starting lineup.
What was surprising was the play of P.J. Tucker, the Rockets’ defensive ace who is having an uncharacteristically bad season in his 2020-21 campaign. Tucker had 11 points (his second-best scoring output on the season) on 40 percent from three and 61.9 percent true shooting, while adding seven rebounds.
Tucker’s performance was good for his trade value, as his season averages of 4.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 32.1 percent from three could make interested teams reconsider whether he’s worth giving up assets for. Tucker’s market has been rumored to include the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, and Brooklyn Nets, to name a few.
One of the teams that have also been rumored to have interest in the Houston Rockets forward is the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
“League sources told me in November that the Bucks were in pursuit of P.J. Tucker from the Rockets. Their interest remains today. Tucker would absolutely help. He is a stout defender who could thrive in small-ball lineups next to Giannis.”
The Bucks need to stockpile as much as they can, because of the superteam Brooklyn Nets, who haven’t missed a beat despite being without Kevin Durant, due to injury. With the Bucks seeking a way to add Tucker before the March 25th trade deadline, let’s take a look at three trades that would send Tucker to the Cream City.
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