On Monday, PJ Tucker declined his $7.4 million player option with the Miami Heat, making him a free agent. Since then, multiple teams are rumored to be interested in the veteran, the front runner being the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to Marc Stein, “If P.J. Tucker is prepared to leave Miami, Philadelphia is regarded as by far the favorite to sign him away.”
Besides the Heat, no other team has shown the eagerness that the Sixers have. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the team intends on offering Tucker a three-year, $30 million contract.
This shouldn't be a surprise. After the Heat knocked the Sixers out of the playoffs, Joel Embiid said that his team would benefit from a player like Tucker.
“He [Tucker] believes that no one can beat him. And he’s tough. He’s just physical, and he’s tough…We never had P.J. Tucker. That’s really what I’m trying to say. So, I think physicality – especially once you get to the playoffs or the later rounds – you need that. You need those guys that are really tough.”
If there's anyone that Daryl Morey wants to keep happy, it's Embiid. And, if he truly thinks that Tucker is one of the missing pieces that will help the Sixers win a championship, they should offer the Heat veteran a big contract.
Who knows, maybe somehow Embiid will recruit Tucker and Jimmy Butler from the Heat and make a Philadelphia super team.