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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward | #4

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
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P.J. Tucker (hamstring) played 23 minutes in his Houston debut, scoring five points on 2-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one triple.
He wasn't too involved on offense, but that's not why the Rockets brought him in. They are going to use him all over the floor for his defense and he was even deployed as a small-ball center tonight. Even though he should get minutes in the 20s, Tucker isn't a great fantasy option on Houston's loaded roster. Oct 3 - 10:58 PM

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P.J. Tucker (hamstring) was a full participant at the Rockets practice on Sunday.

He strained his hamstring about a week ago and has been limited at camp, but maybe this means we'll see him in the preseason. Even if the Rockets continue to be cautious, his status for the opener shouldn't be in doubt.
Oct 1 - 2:05 PM

P.J. Tucker (hamstring) has increased his workload in the past two days.

He is expected to be cleared to practice on Sunday. The Rockets revealed Tucker hurt his hamstring four days ago, so it sounds like a minor ailment for the defensive specialist. He'll be asked to guard a lot of power forwards and should have some open looks from deep, but the fantasy value probably won't be there in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:43 PM

P.J. Tucker said his strained right hamstring is healing faster than expected.

"Closing in a little bit," Tucker said. "It's a little bit shorter than we anticipated. It wasn't as bad as we thought. It's healing a little bit faster. They let me get in some shooting, get up and down." Coach Mike D'Antoni said the team will continue to be cautious in camp and during the preseason games, but it sounds like his status for opening night is not in doubt.
Sep 28 - 9:33 AM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said P.J. Tucker has a strained hamstring.

D'Antoni added that the Rockets will be careful with him in training camp, but the good news is that he has a few weeks to get his hamstring right for the season opener. Tucker will have a very limited role on offense in Houston and was brought in to defend, rebound and space the floor. He's not a standard-league target.
Sep 25 - 1:20 PM

The Rockets have officially signed P.J. Tucker.

In case you missed it, Tucker will be signed through four seasons for roughly $32 million. The versatile defender won't get many touches in Houston playing alongside Chris Paul and James Harden, so he's unlikely to be anything more than a steals specialist in standard fantasy leagues. He averaged 5.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples with the Raptors last season.
Jul 6 - 11:49 AM

P.J. Tucker has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Rockets.

Tucker had been linked to the Wolves, Knicks, Raptors, Nuggets, Kings, Sixers and Clippers. He was in-demand as a versatile defender who doesn't need many touches offensively, which complements the Rockets' build. Trevor Ariza is entering the final year of his contract, and Tucker also gives Houston flexibility if they want to go small at PF in the future. The Rockets are stock-piling versatile assets and this likely isn't their final move of the offseason.
Jul 2 - 12:36 AM

The Kings will meet with P.J. Tucker on Sunday, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Tucker is taking his meetings in Philadelphia and he's also likely met with the Raptors this weekend. The Kings are looking to go after a defense-first small forward and probably won't want to go too many years on the former Raptor.
Jul 1 - 10:38 PM

The Kings have scheduled a meeting with P.J. Tucker this weekend.

The Kings are getting involved with a lot of forwards as they look to add some veterans to their young core. They are expected to meet with Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay and perhaps other small forwards, so Tucker may be one of the backup plans here.
Jun 30 - 10:11 PM

The Raptors will meet with P.J. Tucker in Philadelphia at some point after midnight, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

A lot of teams would love to have a guy like Tucker on their roster, and his most recent team likely gets the first chance to bring him in for next year. Suns coach Earl Watson has talked a lot about how Tucker affects a team's mentality on defense, so the sub-par postseason from Tucker isn't likely going to dissuade teams from going after him.
Jun 30 - 9:20 PM

ESPN 1500's Darren Wolfson lists the Timberwolves, Raptors, Nuggets, Kings, Sixers and Clippers as teams expected to pursue P.J. Tucker in free agency.

We've now heard multiple reports linking Tucker to the Clippers, and that's not a surprise given their issues at the small forward position. As for the other landing spots mentioned, all would make varying levels of sense, but ultimately it's likely going to come down to dollars and cents for a player who finally has a chance to cash in on his value.
Jun 30 - 8:16 PM

The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Darren Wolfson said that he has heard Minnesota is "very much" on P.J. Tucker's radar.

The 32-year-old veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it will be tough for the Raptors to bring him back to Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka also hitting the open market. The Wolves could definitely use some of Tucker's 3-point shooting and defense on the wings, so this report makes sense. He will have a number of suitors this summer, but a move away from Toronto would likely be good news for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 11:18 AM

P.J. Tucker said he would like to re-sign with the Raptors this summer.

The 32-year-old free agent will be a hot commodity on the open market, but he will have to be patient if he's adamant about staying in Toronto -- they have two bigger priorities in free agency in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. Tucker averaged 5.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples as a Raptor, so a move away from Toronto would likely be better for his fantasy value.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 8 - 10:47 AM

P.J. Tucker double-double through 46 minutes as a starter on Sunday, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, one assist, four steals and one turnover in the Game 4 loss.

Tucker did an excellent job on the boards, fared admirably as LeBron James primary defender and hit some clutch shots down the stretch to keep the game competitive; but the end result was another loss for the Raptors. Tucker is bound for free agency and he likely earned himself a decent pay increase with his solid play this season, but it could be tricky for Toronto to retain him with Kyle Lowry also set to hit the open market.
May 7 - 6:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Bobby Brown
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2P.J. Tucker
3Troy Williams
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Luc Mbah a Moute
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Tarik Black
4Chinanu Onuaku
5Zhou Qi