PJ Tucker and the Houston Rockets are parting ways, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Much like LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio, the 35-year-old veteran forward is looking to find a home with a contending team.
Wojnarowski and MacMahon tweeted a summary of the situation this morning.
With the NBA Trade Deadline inside of two weeks now -- and Houston losers of 14 straight games --- PJ Tucker has likely played his final game with the Rockets. https://t.co/k9vp3z4WX6— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2021
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
They bolstered the description in an article on ESPN.com.
Tucker has grown increasingly frustrated that he has yet to be moved to a contender and made it clear that he’d prefer to sit out games until the front office finds a deal for him ahead of the March 25 trade deadline, sources told ESPN...
...The Rockets have had several concurrent trade discussions with teams in recent weeks involving Tucker, talks that are expected to result in a deal for Tucker prior to the March 25 trade deadline, sources said.
The article mentions the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and Brooklyn nets as possible destinations for the swingman. The Portland Trail Blazers have also been mentioned casually by pundits as a good fit for Tucker, though no actual link or line of interest has been established between the entities.
Tucker has played 32 games for the Rockets this season. He is averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds on 36.6% shooting from the field, 31.4% from the three-point arc in 30 minutes per game. He is in the final year of a contract that pays him $8 million.