Reportedly, there are a few contenders who are interested in a trade for 31 year-old Phoenix Suns’ SF P.J. Tucker. The six-year veteran is known mostly for his defensive tenacity and his ability to grab boards. His offense is lacking most of the time, but he can explode for a big game on that side of the ball every once in a while as well. This year has been a bit of a down year for Tucker, but with the Suns being as bad as they are, he and most of the team could be considered in trades. I’ll breakdown his fit with the most-likely landing spots as of right now.
PHX should trade PJ Tucker to a contender. He’s been such an underrated defender for too long.
— #Nekondas (@NekiasNBA) January 4, 2017
Listed on the current roster, the Hawks have five small forwards and three power forwards. It’s safe to say that his position is crowded on the 24-18 Atlanta team. So where would he fit? Both Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore are key players on the team, and he isn’t better than either of them. Let’s say he plays most of his minutes at power forward. Paul Millsap is the starter, with Kris Humphries being the backup. Tucker would be a slight upgrade over Humphries, averaging more points, rebounds, and better three-point shooting over both his career and this season. It may be worth it for the Hawks to make a deal for Tucker.
Although the Bulls are rumored to be interested in Tucker, it just doesn’t seem like a good fit. Chicago has a good crop of forwards. At power forward, Taj Gibson is the starter, and both Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are solid backups. Bobby Portis is still thought to be the power forward of the future for the Bulls, so he wouldn’t fit at the power forward position. At small forward, the all star Jimmy Butler starts, with Doug McDermott coming off the bench and playing solid minutes. McDermott is a great three point shooter, and is a better overall player than Tucker. Not to mention Paul Zipser, the rookie small forward who just recently made a start for the Bulls. I just don’t see the fit here.
— Carlos Douglas Jr. (@TheRealC_Los) January 19, 2017
Los Angeles Clippers
Just like the Hawks, P.J. is an upgrade, but not a huge one. At power forward, the Clippers have Blake Griffin starting and both Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Brandon Bass playing quite a few minutes. While Griffin is injured now, the Clippers are set at the PF position. At small forward though, it really gets interesting. Paul Pierce, aka The Truth, starts and is in no way in danger of losing that spot. Wesley Johnson is the backup. This brings up the question, is Wesley Johnson or P.J. Tucker better? While Tucker is better at rebounding and defense, Johnson is better on the offensive side of the ball. It’s kind of a toss-up as to who is the better player, and so if the Clippers were to trade for Tucker, it would be just for depth.
Where do you expect PJ to land? Shall he remain with the Suns?