From the moment the Houston Rockets moved James Harden the franchise looked poised to move on from P.J. Tucker. Outside of Harden, no other player embodied the Rockets of the late 2010s more than Tucker.
His defensive versatility allowed the Rockets to play futuristic small-ball lineups and his reliable stroke from the corners made him the perfect floor spacing partner for Harden. Tucker is now in his fourth and final season of the contract he signed with the Rockets in the summer of 2017, which has made him a likely trade candidate.
If Tucker had been available in the offseason the Rockets could have landed a first-round pick for him and that’s the price they set as the season got underway. However, as the season has gone on, Tucker has remained in Houston with diminishing production and it’s unclear how much trade value he has anymore.
Contenders from all around the league have been rumored to be interested in Tucker but his precipitous drop in production has created an air of uncertainty around a player who was once viewed as one of the league’s most reliable players. If the Rockets want to trade Tucker they’ll have to change their asking price, but the question is by how much?
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