PJ Tucker has been waiting to get an extension to his contract that will allow him to remain with the Houston Rockets for the long run. However, general manager Daryl Morey hinted that might not happen during this 2019-20 season:
“We’re open to the concept of extensions early. We have done it with players in the past. Normally, it’s the James Harden type players. We’re open to it,” Morey told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “That said, I have found you don’t really get to an agreement with what both sides are looking at to how the extension can work realistically until you are one year out. I wouldn’t expect any other extension from us this year, mostly because everyone is signed for multiple years.”
Tucker has been the defensive powerhouse the Rockets needed in the wake of Trevor Ariza’s departure to the Phoenix Suns last offseason, one that was a blow to the Rockets’ gut as they started the 2018-19 season 11-14, good for the penultimate spot of the West.
While the Rockets were able to peak following an insane James Harden scoring run, it was Tucker who provided the results at the defensive end while knocking down shots from the perimeter.
Morey just gave Eric Gordon an extension on his contract. However, Gordon is entering the final year of his contract, while Tucker still has 2019-20 and then a partially guaranteed deal for 2020-21. Based on Morey’s stated philosophy, a Tucker extension could come next summer when he’s heading into the final year of his contract.