Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta claims nothing has come to his desk in terms of an extension for PJ Tucker
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta says nothing has come to his desk in terms of a contract extension for power forward PJ Tucker.
Tucker said last month he wants an extension with the Rockets. The swingman will make $8.3 million in 2019-20. Tucker signed a four-year, $31.9 million deal with the Rockets in the summer of 2017.
“You know, I think the world of PJ and I really just haven’t – honestly, it hasn’t come to my desk, so when it comes to my desk I’ll say yay or nay or what about this? Just like I always do,” Fertitta told Sam Amick of The Athletic. “But they haven’t brought it to me yet. I’ve got to talk to PJ, and we’ll see what happens.”
PJ Tucker averaged 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the Rockets last season. He shot 39.6 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Tucker is arguably the best defender on the Rockets. His defense, leadership and corner 3-point shooting are very important for Houston, who has title aspirations after acquiring former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.
Tucker’s name was involved in some trade rumors this offseason, but the Rockets decided to keep the rugged defender. It will be interesting to see if Tucker and his agent speak with Tilman Fertitta soon about an extension.