Shams Charania of The Vertical has reported that forward P.J. Tucker has agreed to a 4-year, $32 million deal with the Rockets. Tucker originally had plans to meet with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, but ultimately decided to take the deal with the Rockets.
Tucker has agreed to a four-year, $32M deal with the Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical. https://t.co/6w4j6B1YnL
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2017
The Rockets are using the Mid Level Exception for the Tucker deal, which is great value. He averaged 6.7 PPG and 5.8 RPG last season, but his numbers do not speak to the value he brings on the court. Tucker is capable of guarding multiple positions, which is something the Rockets have needed. He also brings stability at the forward position. Wing depth has been one of their issues.
Not only can Tucker help on the defensive end, but he fits in to the Rockets’ offensive scheme. He shot over 40 percent from three last season with the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors. He’s your prototypical ‘3 and D’ wing. Tucker will come off the bench, but expect to see heavy minutes from him come playoff time.
With the acquisitions of Chris Paul and Tucker, the Rockets are making great roster upgrades on the defensive end. They may not finished yet, either. The team is also in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Iman Shumpert, who is another solid defensive player. The Rockets now have lineups on the court that can be a defensive nightmare for opposing teams. While they missed out on Andre Iguodala, Tucker was a signing that will immediately help the Rockets.