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

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
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The Suns are trading P.J. Tucker to the Raptors in exchange for Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The Raptors get their guy at the deadline buzzer and it didn't cost them any first-round picks, so this is a terrific pickup for general manager Masai Ujiri. There was some talk that the Raptors wanted Tucker to help guard LeBron James in the playoffs. He figures to take a few minutes away from Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll on his new team. Also with Tucker gone, T.J. Warren should be looking at big minutes, assuming he can avoid too many defensive hiccups. Feb 23 - 3:03 PM

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The "big Deadline Day decision" for the Raptors is whether to surrender a first-round pick with Jared Sullinger for P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Late on Wednesday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Raptors are interested in Tucker, so they appear to be the favorite to land him. Of course, there have been rumors for the Celtics, Jazz, Hawks, Wizards and Clippers. Tucker is among the most-likely players to be deal today, which would open up minutes for T.J. Warren.
Feb 23 - 9:37 AM

The Suns have reportedly received inquiries regarding the availability of P.J. Tucker from the Raptors, Celtics, Wizards, Clippers, Hawks and Jazz.

Tucker is very likely to be moved at the deadline, and in terms of fantasy value, Los Angeles and Atlanta look like the best potential destinations as he would assuredly lose value with any of the other aforementioned teams. T.J. Warren could see a nice boost in value if the Suns don't bring back another wing, so he's someone to consider stashing away ahead of the trade deadline.

Zach Lowe of ESPN is reporting that P.J. Tucker is the "most likely" to be traded by the Suns at the deadline.

Phoenix is taking calls on "most" of their veterans and that surely includes Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight, but Tucker will likely draw the most interest because of his cheap expiring contract. Previous reports have indicated that the Suns are holding out for a first-round pick, but that seems a bit ambitious. The Raptors, Clippers and Celtics have all been linked to Tucker in recent days, but a trade would shatter his fantasy value and open the door for T.J. Warren to have a consistent role with minutes in the 30s.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 9:50 PM

The Celtics have reportedly expressed "deep interest" in P.J. Tucker.

Tucker would add some solid depth to the Celtics, but his playing time would take a substantial hit in Boston, so Tucker owners should be hoping that he remains in Phoenix past the deadline. There have been more than a few trade rumors regarding Tucker, though, so him remaining with the Suns is far from a certainty.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

P.J. Tucker played through a back issue on Wednesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with three boards and one triple in 21 minutes.

He briefly went to the locker room after falling into the camera area, but the fact that he returned to a game that the Suns won by 36 points is a great sign. He also gets a full week of rest during the All-Star break. Tucker is going to draw some interest at the deadline, but his owners won't miss him too much if he's dealt to a contender.
Feb 16 - 12:52 AM

P.J. Tucker returned to the game in the third quarter on Wednesday.

The Suns have this game in the bag, so Tucker returning with a 20-plus scoring lead is a great sign. He's fine.
Feb 15 - 10:44 PM

P.J. Tucker (back) suffered a lower back contusion on Wednesday and is questionable to return.

He fell into the camera area and limped to the locker room. Tucker was up-ended by the cameraman and landed on the area near his hip. If he can't return, we'll see more Marquese Chriss and T.J. Warren.
Feb 15 - 10:17 PM

P.J. Tucker limped to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

He fell into a cameraman and limped to the locker room under his own power. Tucker may have rolled his left ankle and is likely getting treatment. If he can't return, T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss would benefit tonight.
Feb 15 - 10:02 PM

P.J. Tucker scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

He logged 33 minutes and continues to be a workhorse for coach Earl Watson off the bench. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and added one assist, one steal and one triple, but he's cooled off lately and is averaging 6.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.6 triples over his last five games. He's worth owning if you need steals, but a trade is a strong possibility and that could crush his value.
Feb 14 - 1:00 AM

P.J. Tucker racked up 10 rebounds with six points and two steals in a losing effort on Wednesday, playing 30 minutes off the bench.

As Tucker's fantasy owners are well aware, steals are the bedrock of his value. The veteran ranks 20th in the league with a career-high 1.5 steals per game (1.5), and he's 18th for steals percentage. Earl Watson loves to play him for his defense and leadership, serving as an example to the team's young players, and fantasy owners should continue to start him until he cools off.
Feb 9 - 12:53 AM

P.J. Tucker picked up a career-high seven steals against the Bucks on Saturday, adding 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

With Valentine's Day around the corner, someone needs to make a card with coach Earl Watson and P.J. Tucker. Jokes aside, it's pretty easy to love how Tucker is playing both in fantasy and reality. He is absolutely crushing right now and has to be owned in all standard leagues. Worry about the trade rumors later.
Feb 5 - 12:42 AM

P.J. Tucker scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Kings on Friday.

Yeah sure, Devin Booker hit a buzzer-beating winner, but do you want to take a guess who coach Earl Watson talked about first for play down the stretch in his post-game presser? Yep. P.J. Tucker. To be fair, Tucker's trey on Phoenix's second-to-last possession was huge. Watson continues to play him, so he really has to be owned even with the trade rumors surrounding him.
Feb 4 - 4:09 AM

The Timberwolves reportedly offered Shabazz Muhammad for P.J. Tucker, according to Basketball Insiders.

The Suns are leaning on Tucker heavily of late (possibly to showcase him for a trade), and Tucker has responded by playing his best basketball of the season. Over Phoenix's last seven games, Tucker is stuffing the stat sheet and averaging 11.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 33.7 minutes. It's highly unlikely Tucker would see over 33 minutes in a night for a team such as Minnesota, so a trade would almost certainly hurt his fantasy value.
Feb 3 - 9:40 AM

P.J. Tucker scored 10 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the Clippers on Wednesday.

Like coach Earl Watson almost always does after games, he mentioned Tucker's effort and how he hustled for his 14 boards. Tucker did get some heavy run over his last seven, averaging 11.1 points, 6.4 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 treys in 33.7 minutes. Some of this is due to injuries and some good matchups for him, but Watson clearly wants to play Tucker consistently. While a trade could cripple his fantasy value, it's hard to keep him on the wire after he posted fourth-round value in that seven-game span.
Feb 2 - 1:30 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2P.J. Tucker
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Patrick Patterson
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl