Rumor: Heat eyeing 2 players if P.J. Tucker signs with Sixers
Miami Heat free agent power forward P.J. Tucker has drawn the interest of other teams ahead of the NBA’s window for free agency negotiations, which opens on 6 P.M. on Thursday. Tucker, who opted out of his $7.4 million player option last week, has been the apple of the Philadelphia 76ers’ eye.
The Sixers even have a three-year, $30 million offer on the table for Tucker, though they don’t have the cap space at the moment to ink such a deal. Still, the Heat are preparing for the possible exit of Tucker. According to the latest rumors from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami is eyeing these two players if Tucker leaves via the NBA free agency period.
Should the Heat lose out on Tucker, the team, according to an NBA source, is considering either a trade for former Heat power forward Jae Crowder, who is entering the final year of a contract that pays $10.2 million next season with the Phoenix Suns, or a possible free-agent move for Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren.
Per Winderman, Miami is considering ex-Heat forward Jae Crowder and Indiana Pacers free agent forward T.J. Warren in the event that Tucker leaves.
Crowder, who still has a year left on his contract with the Phoenix Suns, would have to arrive via a trade. Warren, on the other hand, is an unrestricted free agent and could be signed by the Heat as a Tucker replacement.
In a humorous side note, Warren and Heat star Jimmy Butler have locked horns in a beef in the past, though they would (hopefully) put it to the side if they became teammates.
Miami isn’t throwing the towel in on Tucker just yet. However, they have some stretch fours lined up in the event he walks in free agency.