Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hilarious first encounter with P.J. Tucker after trade
The Milwaukee Bucks made a move ahead of the trade deadline in acquiring hard-nosed defender P.J. Tucker from the Houston Rockets. Tucker was part of a deal that sends him and Rodions Kurucks to Milwaukee in exchange for D.J. Augustin and D.J. Wilson. The teams also exchanged picks with the Bucks receiving a 2023 unprotected first-round pick and the Rockets getting the rights to swap its upcoming second-round pick for Milwaukee’s.
Tucker provides the Bucks with defensive depth and 3-point shooting as they prepare for the playoffs. Tucker and Giannis Antetokounmpo have had to guard each other in the past leading to some intense and epic battles.
That’s why the first time they met as teammates, led to this candid remark.
Tucker, on seeing Giannis today: "He looked at me and I looked at him and we both said the same thing.
He was like, "I don't have to go against you no more." And I said, "Yeah. And I don't have to guard you anymore."
And we both laughed because we've had some epic battles."
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) March 19, 2021
Tucker will most likely come off the bench for the Bucks, providing depth to a team with finals aspirations. Tucker will likely come in for Antetokounmpo, to give him a rest. However, when the two players are on the floor at the same time, they will provide an immense amount of trouble for opposing offenses.
Bucks Add A Bonafide Defender
Tucker was going to rot away in the sinking ship that is Houston had he not been traded. The 35-year-old now joins his fourth NBA team over his 11-year career. Tucker is in the final season of a four-year, $32 million dollar deal, which boasts well for the Bucks, who don’t need to worry about him next year. He’s also played in 50 career playoff games, which should help bring a veteran voice into the locker room during crunch time.
His defensive grit and playoff experience are certainly a solid add for Bucks general manager Jon Horst and company. Often defending the opponent’s top scorer, he can alleviate the pressure on Giannis on the defensive side of the court, in order to focus more on the offensive side.