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Rockets trade PJ Tucker to Bucks in 4-player trade

Bucks, PJ Tucker

The Houston Rockets have granted the request of PJ Tucker to be traded, sending the disgruntled forward to the Milwaukee Bucks in a multi-player trade that involves picks.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets are sending Tucker, Rodions Kurucs to Milwaukee for DJ Augustin and DJ Wilson. Moreover, the Bucks get back their 2022 first-round from Houston, all while sending an unprotected 2023 first-round pick to Clutch City.

Houston also gets the right to swap its 2021 second-round pick for Milwaukee’s first-rounder, though it is protected if the pick falls from one to nine.

This appears to be a great deal for the Rockets, who have not only found a way to move on from an aggrieved Tucker, but have also gained some value out of the deal. D.J. Augustin and D.J. Wilson are two players that could serve as warm bodies for a Rockets team that has been decimated by injuries, but the front office could very well choose to waive either or both guys as well in order to free up more cap room for next season. They also (potentially) get another first-rounder (via pick swap with the Bucks) in the 2021 NBA Draft which could fall in line with their impending rebuild.

The Bucks, on the other hand, get a key piece in Tucker, who himself has gained the interest of a couple of other teams in the league. The 35-year-old veteran is not exactly star material, but he should provide some quality minutes for Milwaukee — be it off the bench or as a fill-in starter. Tucker also brings a lot of toughness and grit to the table, and on paper at least, he seems to be an excellent fit for the Bucks and their championship aspirations this season.