P.J. Tucker is on the move to another Eastern Conference contender once again. A year after spurning the reigning-champion Milwaukee Bucks to sign with the Miami Heat, the veteran forward has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $33.2 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency.

Tucker signed a two-year, $14.4 million contract with the Heat last summer that included a player option. He declined to exercise it earlier this week following a banner season that not only further cemented his status as an elite on-ball defender, but reinvigorated Tucker’s all-around offensive game after he was confined to spot-up shooting roles with the Bucks and Houston Rockets.

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Don’t be surprised if Tucker reverts back to that status with the Sixers. He shot a career-high 54.0% on two-pointers in 2021-22, showing new utility as a short-roll finisher and playmaker and some newfound juice attacking close-outs off the bounce. Tucker won’t ever create his own offense, but proved last season he’s capable of a more varied offensive role than he played in Milwaukee and Houston.

Doc Rivers isn’t exactly an imaginative offensive coach, and Philadelphia employs two of the league’s highest-usage stars in Joel Embiid and James Harden. Expect Tucker to get a steady diet of catch-and-shoot triples with the Sixers, taking advantage of defensive attention paid to Embiid, Harden and promising young guard Tyrese Maxey.

But Philadelphia didn’t sign Tucker for his offense, and it’s safe to say he’s comfortable admitting that reality given the terms of his new contract. Tucker remains one of the most versatile, disruptive and tireless defenders in basketball. At 37, he’s finally being paid like it.