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Report: Rockets’ PJ Tucker aiming for contract extension this summer

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Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker is aiming for a contract extension this summer, despite a recent report stating the organization is shopping him, along with teammates Eric Gordon and Clint Capela.

According to Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Tucker has discussed a long-term future in Houston, as the Rockets are “enamored” with Tucker and want him to retire there, even discussing a role for him within the team once his playing days are over.

The Rockets have made plenty of splashes following their season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6, once again eliminated from the playoffs by their arch-nemesis for the second straight season and the fourth time in five years.

The front office went on to offer head coach Mike D’Antoni an underwhelming contract extension, and they fired most of his coaching staff.

In addition to that, general manager Daryl Morey also prompted he is bound to make moves this summer, reportedly putting everyone not named James Harden on the trade block in hopes to acquire better talent.

Despite this, any Tucker trade would come “at the strong disapproval” of both D’Antoni and Harden, who have been adamant of how huge a part the defensive stalwart has played for this team.

Tucker has carved his place in the league by evolving into a 3-and-D specialist, among the most feared in the NBA. At 34 years old, it’s tough to envision a long-term contract longer than three years, considering how this new owner is running a tight ship, hesitant to dole out big money after making two big-time commitments to Chris Paul last summer (four years, $160 million) and Harden, who signed for the supermax two seasons ago.

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