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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward | #2

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Texas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (5) / TOR
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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. May 23 - 9:22 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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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

P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against the Cavs, sending Norman Powell back to the bench.

The Raptors have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole in their second-round series with the Cavs, so it's not surprising to see head coach Dwane Casey alter his starting five. Tucker will likely matchup with LeBron James as the Raptors try and slow him down, and Powell could see his minutes dip to the mid-20s with the reserve role. Joining Tucker in the starting five will be Cory Joseph, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.

P.J. Tucker was solid in Monday's Game 1 loss to Cleveland, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

This was one of his best games as a Raptor, but Toronto wasted it. DeMarre Carroll gave the Raptors very little in his 15 minutes and Jonas Valanciunas wasn't effective in the starting lineup, so the Raptors may be tempted to start Tucker in Game 2. Regardless of where he begins the game, his minutes will likely be closer to 30 moving forward.
May 1 - 9:40 PM

P.J. Tucker did not score in 28 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, adding one rebound and three fouls.

While he did come off the bench, Tucker was an extension of the first unit with 25 of his minutes coming next to Kyle Lowry and 20 next to DeMar DeRozan. Tucker's energy on defense has been one of the constants in this series for the Raptors, so perhaps he's earned more playing time -- a start? While he won't score much, keep an eye on him as a DFS punt for his output in the hustle stats.
Apr 22 - 6:12 PM

The Raptors will make a change to starting lineup on Saturday.

The Raptors have talked a lot about limiting Giannis Antetokounmpo, so Tucker is the heavy favorite to be starting here. While he did play just 14 minutes in Game 3, it was more because of how the Raptors desperately needed offense. It could also be someone like Norman Powell or even Delon Wright for either Jonas Valanciunas or DeMarre Carroll. After Gerald Green started for Boston on Friday, anything is possible.
Apr 22 - 1:45 PM

P.J. Tucker (illness) scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

Not even P.J. Tucker could stop Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors did have much better luck with their smaller lineup, so maybe we see more of it in Game 2 on Tuesday. Tucker still isn't going to get enough shots to be anything more than a DFS punt in tournaments.
Apr 15 - 9:16 PM

P.J. Tucker (illness) will play against the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday.

The Raptors are all set and have their whole squad ready to go. Tucker is expected to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo quite a bit, so he should find himself getting minutes in the upper 20s today. It'll be very interesting to see how Jonas Valanciunas fits in for the postseason, especially after he dominated last year.
Apr 15 - 3:51 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said that P.J. Tucker (illness) did not practice on Friday but is expected to play Saturday vs. the Bucks.

Casey said that Tucker was sent home from the practice facility so that "he wouldn't contaminate anybody else." Casey acknowledged that he was also dealing with a bug, which apparently started with DeMar DeRozan. Kyle Lowry has it "a bit" as well. Something to keep an eye on Saturday.
Apr 14 - 1:56 PM

P.J. Tucker returned to action on Tuesday and played 26 minutes against the Pacers, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal on 4-of-10 shooting.

DeMarre Carroll started and was his normal quiet self, while Tucker was just happy to get back in action after missing Sunday's game with a sore knee. Tucker's worth a look going forward, but loses a lot of appeal as long as Carroll is healthy and playing.
Apr 4 - 10:49 PM

P.J. Tucker (sore left knee) will play Tuesday night vs. the Pacers.

Tucker was sidelined on Sunday but was back at practice on Monday. He's a terrific defender, but has limited fantasy value. Tucker has not scored in double figures since being traded to Toronto. His return will limit the minutes of DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell.
Apr 4 - 12:04 PM

P.J. Tucker (sore left knee) was able to go through practice on Monday.

It was a light practice and the Raptors are listing Tucker as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers. If Tucker is forced to miss his second straight game, DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell will likely soak up most of his minutes.
Apr 3 - 1:36 PM

P.J. Tucker (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the 76ers.

Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg hinted that Toronto is likely just taking it easy on Tucker with a matchup against Philly, so chances are he'll be back in action for Tuesday's game in Indiana. With Tucker unavailable, DeMarre Carroll will likely pick up most of his minutes, and Lucas Nogueira might be able to get back into the rotation.
Apr 2 - 5:18 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2OG Anunoby
3P.J. Tucker
4Bruno Caboclo
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Patrick Patterson
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl