PJ Tucker will no longer be with Rockets amid trade drama
Amid the drama between Houston Rockets and PJ Tucker, coach Stephen Silas has made the announcement that the veteran enforcer will no longer be part of the squad.
Per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Silas revealed they are trying to iron out things with Tucker that would benefit both parties. He also shared his thoughts on Tucker being a healthy scratch on Thursday against the Sacramento Kings.
“We’re going to try to figure out something that works for him and works for us as far as him not being on the team anymore. I was under the assumption that he was going to play tonight and he didn’t play. That was disappointing.”
Stephen Silas on PJ Tucker: “We’re going to try to figure out something that works for him and works for us as far as him not being on the team anymore. I was under the assumption that he was going to play tonight and he didn’t play. That was disappointing.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 12, 2021
The Rockets have been in talks with several teams with regards to a deal involving Tucker, who’s grown unhappy with the team. Reports have revealed that the Rockets have spoken with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and the Brooklyn Nets.
The Rockets seem to view the 35-year-old Tucker, who has seen his numbers dip this season, as a liability given his age and expiring contract. The team is looking forward to the future and prefers someone young and more athletic than him.
That isn’t a problem for Tucker though as he seems hungry for his first NBA title. The 6’6″ forward was instrumental in the Rockets’ micro-ball phase with James Harden and former coach Mike D’Antoni. They were just a game away from reaching the NBA Finals in 2017 but fell short against the Golden State Warriors.
PJ Tucker will definitely be an asset to any team if he and the Rockets can fix their situation.