It seems the Houston Rockets are on the verge of buying and selling P.J. Tucker however the query is whether or not it will likely be to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the Rockets are seemingly going to deal Tucker “sooner fairly than later,” however the Lakers will not be the one crew in rivalry for the large man.
“The Rockets have a veteran participant who has the intrigue of most of the league’s contenders: Forward PJ Tucker,” Charania detailed. “The Nets, Bucks, Heat, Nuggets and Lakers are expressing curiosity in Tucker, sources stated. Multiple groups have sensed a deal might develop sooner fairly than later for Tucker, however the timing is probably going depending on the Rockets’ asking worth. As of now, Houston has sought a younger participant again in a commerce, sources stated. Tucker, 35, is a flexible ahead who’s capable of defend a number of positions.”
Teams have till the NBA commerce deadline on March 25 to finish offers. Charania’s newest report signifies Tucker could also be heading out of Houston effectively earlier than the deadline.
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The Lakers Are Reportedly Competing With the Nets, Bucks & Heat Among Others for a Tucker Trade
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the identical record of suitors for Tucker excluding the Nuggets. The Lakers, Nets, Bucks and Heat have all “expressed curiosity” in Tucker, per Wojnarowski.
What would a Lakers-Rockets cope with Tucker appear to be? ESPN’s Bobby Marks detailed the “lone possibility” provide the Lakers have to drag off a deal for Tucker inside the wage cap constraints.
“For instance, the Lakers’ lone possibility to amass the Rockets’ P.J. Tucker ($7.9 million) is to ship out $7 million in wage (a mixture of Wesley Matthews, Alfonzo McKinnie and Jared Dudley) and nonetheless find the money for to signal a free agent to fill out the roster after the imbalance commerce,” Marks defined.
Tucker is within the last season of a four-year, $31.eight million contract with an affordable $7.9 million wage, per Spotrac. Heading into the All-Star break, Tucker is averaging 4.Four factors, 4.6 rebounds, 1.Four assists, .9 steals and .6 block in 32 begins with the Rockets.
The Lakers Have Also Been Linked to Andre Drummond & Hassan Whiteside
The Lakers might find yourself passing on a possible commerce for Tucker and wait to signal different gamers from the buyout market. According to the Los Angeles Times, NBA executives have linked the Lakers to Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside.
“Rival scouts and executives imagine the Lakers are wanting for upgrades of their frontcourt,” the Los Angeles Times detailed. “Obviously, Cleveland’s Andre Drummond can be excessive on their want record if purchased out. Rival executives have puzzled if the Lakers might both attempt to add Sacramento’s Hassan Whiteside or possibly even reunite with JaVale McGee if the previous Laker will get purchased out and turns into a free agent.”
The Lakers might additionally use some extra shooters on the roster, so it’s not definitive the crew will prioritize an enormous man. Marks detailed a listing of potential gamers who’re buyout candidates that may be a match for the Lakers.
“Some names to control within the buyout market if they don’t seem to be traded are Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, JJ Redick, Alec Burks, Mike Muscala, Reggie Bullock, Ed Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Elfrid Payton and Tucker,” Marks famous.
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