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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward | #17

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
Contract: view contract details
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P.J. Tucker said he's not concerned about a potential trade.
"It’s part of business,'' Tucker said. "Contract year. Being a defensive player, a lot of teams are looking to make an addition to fight for a championship. But for me, it’s just focusing on being with my team and trying to win games. It happens every contract year. A lot of talk. A lot of it’s just rumors and people talking, but you never know in business. You just try to stay ready and block it out." The Suns are hoping to get a first-round pick in return for Tucker, and so far the Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Hawks are all rumored to have some interest. To be clear, Tucker would lose most of his fantasy value on all of those teams. Jan 22 - 9:27 AM

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P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 36 minutes and hit 6-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in Saturday's win over the Knicks.

We got good Tucker tonight, but he had scored eight or fewer points in his previous four games. He's getting heavy minutes and is worth keeping an eye on going forward, but we'll need to see more games like this one before getting too excited.
Jan 21 - 10:35 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed the Suns are looking for a first-round pick in a P.J. Tucker deal.

This coincides with a local Arizona report, saying the Suns still have some interest in trying to resign Tucker. In a good portion of coach Earl Watson's post-game interviews, he talks about Tucker helping the team's identity, so the coach clearly likes having him around the young players. If Tucker is dealt, T.J. Warren would be a big winner while the Suns may get a look at Dragan Bender playing more three.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 3:14 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker scored two points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

Coach Earl Watson always plays Tucker against top-notch wings, so that explains the playing time. As you can see with his stat line, he's not really doing much with his minutes. Tucker has actually been a ninth-round guy in his last 10, but a possible trade and a low upside makes him a borderline asset in standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 9:38 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker is reportedly drawing interest from around the league.

Tucker is on the final year of an affordable deal, as he's on the books for just $5.3 million. With the Suns rebuilding, it's no secret that they will listen to offers for their defensive stopper. According to this report, the Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Hawks all have interest in Tucker, but Suns GM Ryan McDonough said earlier in the week that he doesn't like taking back late-round picks in deals which could complicate things in trade talks. If the Suns can find a new home for Tucker, T.J. Warren will get a bump and Dragan Bender will have a larger role.
Jan 19 - 10:22 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker tied his season high with 13 rebounds and added eight points and two steals in 27 minutes on Monday.

Tucker is averaging just 6.2 points over his last five games, but also 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 29 minutes a game. He doesn't hit threes, hand out assists or block shots, and with his shaky field goal percentage and lack of scoring, is a borderline player to target in fantasy leagues. Chances are you can do better off your waiver wire.
Jan 16 - 11:55 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker scored six points with five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He did get the business from Kawhi Leonard for most of this game, but Tucker came up big late to get the big win. He'll have some low-end value while the Suns are technically in playoff contention, but he's only a guy on deep-league radars.
Jan 14 - 10:03 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 34 minutes off the bench against the Mavs on Thursday with four points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

He was out there on Harrison Barnes a ton. Coach Earl Watson talks about defense almost every post-game press conference and he did again tonight. In fact, he was asked about Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe going off, and Watson changed the subject to defense. Tucker won't have much value.
Jan 6 - 12:04 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Knicks have reportedly labeled P.J. Tucker as a potential trade target.

The Knicks could definitely use some help on the defensive end, and Tucker is already familiar with Jeff Hornacek's system, although it's unclear if Phoenix is interested in moving Tucker or what New York could offer to make this sort of deal happen. Tucker is currently averaging 27 minutes per game in Phoenix, but it would be tough for him to see that type of playing time in New York, so if a trade does go down his value would likely take a hit. To be clear, nothing is imminent.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 9:29 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker scored six points with six rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes off the bench against the Jazz on Saturday.

Coach Earl Watson continues to throw Tucker out there against the top offensive options and used his guy on Gordon Hayward. With the Suns going big for most of the night, the playing time came from T.J. Warren. Tucker doesn't really have a high upside and his minutes will depend on the matchup, so he's not a great pickup. Plus, the Suns will eventually turn their youngsters loose.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:40:00 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker will come off the bench against the Jazz on Saturday.

Coach Earl Watson absolutely loves Tucker, but there is a lot of talk about the youth movement. He should still be playing, but his minutes may be closer to 20 than they have been lately.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 08:14:00 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker was terrific on both ends against the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 14 points with four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

With the Raptors going small a lot late, Tucker picked up all of his 10.3 fourth-quarter minutes at the four tonight. Coach Earl Watson absolutely loves using Tucker on defense against high-end scoring team, so tonight was a great spot against the Raptors. He won't be in a great spot on Saturday against the Jazz, but does have some short-term, low-upside value.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:34:00 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, P.J. Tucker, Marquese Chriss and Tyson Chandler will start against the Raptors on Thursday.

We should see a ton of T.J. Warren off the bench and it looks like Dragan Bender is in the rotation again.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 08:16:00 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker scored two points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 16 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

The Suns needed a scoring punch to get a comeback going, so that may be why Tucker didn't play much. Coach Earl Watson said the team missed some defense in the second half, which is likely a statement about Tucker. Still, his value is likely to trend down the more the Suns lose games.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:02:00 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played 21 minutes and miss both his shots, failing to score in Monday's blowout loss to the Rockets.

Tucker had scored in double digits in two straight and earned the praise of Coach Earl Watson lately due to his defense. With T.J. Warren finally back and healthy, and Tucker's consistent inconsistency, there's surely a player on waiver who can help you more than Tucker.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:03:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Eric Bledsoe
2Brandon Knight
3Tyler Ulis
SG1Devin Booker
2Leandro Barbosa
SF1T.J. Warren
2P.J. Tucker
PF1Marquese Chriss
2Jared Dudley
3Dragan Bender
C1Tyson Chandler
2Alex Len
3Alan Williams