The Houston Rockets are continuing extension talks with forward P.J. Tucker in light of the veteran’s recent frustration with his financial situation.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported nothing is “imminent,” but the two sides are optimistic a deal can get done:
Though agreement is not considered close, a person with knowledge of conversations said “both sides are hopeful.”
“There may be something there,” he said.
The Rockets are likely to offer a two-year extension to Tucker, who is entering the final season of the four-year deal he signed with the Rockets as a free agent in 2016. The hang up in talks could be over the amount that would be guaranteed in the second season of the contract extension.
The increased talks likely come as a result of Tucker’s recent stewing during his media availability in training camp.
Tucker has outwardly expressed frustration with his contract status, either deflecting questions or hinting the team does not value him.
The 35-year-old is on an expiring deal for the 2020-21 season. He will make under $8 million this season.
There could be multiple parts to Tucker’s frustration. The first of which is the fact Tucker faces the uncertainty of an expiring deal. Naturally, the second is a desired hike in salary.
Tucker is of incredible value to the Rockets. He can play an undersized power forward, giving Houston toughness and rebounding inside while also spacing the floor as a shooter. Tucker is especially proficient as a catch-and-shoot guy from the corners.
It would stand to reason Houston might be tentative about a Tucker extension because of James Harden’s uncertain future. If Harden is traded, Tucker could follow as an asset.
However, it appears the two sides are making progress.