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P.J. Tucker | Guard/Forward | #22

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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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

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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

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