Everyone from Adrian Wojnarowski and Stephen A. Smith and Shams Charania to Bill Simmons and Jackie MacMullan is talking about P.J. Tucker moving to the Nets.
There was even a picture of Sean Marks talking with Houston GM Rafael Stone sitting together Wednesday in animated conversation! They had been the principle front office players in the James Houston deal. .
Rafael Stone and Nets GM Sean Marks are talking, again pic.twitter.com/2Jbn67QYN3— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) March 3, 2021
That said, in the past day, both Woj and Shams offered rumors on trade possibilities that prominently mention the Nets. A few days earlier this week, Simmons and MacMullan wondered if joining Brooklyn would rejuvenate the defensive ace, who’s now 35 and having as bad a year as he’s had in his long career, Tucker is averaging 4.4 points, 4.6 points, 1.3 assists and fewer than two steals in 30 minutes over 32 games.
Woj spoke with Stephen A. Smith before Wednesday’s game and told Smith that Houston’s front office is not done with big moves.
“They’ve been very active and will continue to be active right up to March 25,” Woj told Stepen A. who asked about Tucker. “PJ Tucker who’s in the last year of his deal ... they’ve been very engaged in talks about moving him,” said Woj. “Contenders like Milwaukee, Brooklyn, the Lakers, Miami have all shown interest in him.”
Shams of The Athletic in a rumor round-up Thursday also linked Tucker to the Nets as well as some of the other teams Woj identified. He wrote...
“The Rockets have a veteran player who has the intrigue of many of the league’s contenders: Forward PJ Tucker. The Nets, Bucks, Heat, Nuggets and Lakers are expressing interest in Tucker, sources said. Multiple teams have sensed a deal could develop sooner rather than later for Tucker, but the timing is likely dependent on the Rockets’ asking price. As of now, Houston has sought a young player back in a trade, sources said.
Tucker, 35, is a versatile forward who’s able to defend multiple positions. So far this season, he has averaged 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 30 minutes per game.”
Meanwhile, the two best known Boston hoop mavens were doing some reporting on whether Tucker still has value. MacMullan said on Simmons’ podcast three days ago that she did some digging on Tucker around the NBA and half the people she aked said they were bullish on what he could add to a team while the other half said he’s “cooked.”
“So one of my colleagues said to me, “PJ Tucker is cooked. He’s done.’ So I started asking around. and it’s pretty split. Again, last couple of days, I talked to people who think, ‘No, no, he’s going to be okay. You just have to utilize him better. use his minutes. He can’t play 30 minutes a game anymore. Don’t ask him to do that. Don’t ask him to guard centers every minute of every game.‘ Then some other guys said to me, ‘I don’t know.”
She asked Simmons what he thought, offering a balanced assessment with a Nets twits. said Simmons, “35 years old. Looks done. but season from hell. Feels like you could rejuvenate him pretty quickly. If he went to the Nets, I feel he’d be back in a week.”
Moving a player possibly at the end of career might not be easy for the Rockets. Pucker makes nearly $8 million and teams may not feel the need to trade him ... and wind up dumping him, permitting suitors to compete for his playoff services.
There’s a reason Marks has set up things so Brooklyn has a lot of roster flexibility.