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The Three Best P.J. Tucker Landing Spots

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There are many P.J. Tucker landing spots, as Tucker is currently on his last year of his deal in Houston. After the James Harden trade to Brooklyn, it is safe to assume NBA fans will see Tucker in new threads as well. Plenty of teams can use a player with Tucker’s three-and-d play style at the power forward/smallball center position.

Houston seems to be on a mission to recoup some of the picks they traded away for Russell Westbrook prior to last season. A deal for Tucker has been rumored to cost at least three second round picks and possibly a young prospect. Here are the best P.J. Tucker landing spots.

P.J. Tucker to Boston

Celtics Receive

  • P.J. Tucker

Rockets Receive

Adding Tucker to an already impressive Celtics roster, gives them paint presence if they decide to go small at the end of games. Playing in the Eastern Conference means Boston will have to match-up with the likes of Giannis, Joel Embiid, and Siakam, so the acquisition of Tucker gives them a paint presence defensively, and floor spacing offensively.

Houston continues to stockpile the picks lost in the past years and adds a young wildcard with Romeo Langford. The former Hoosier has not seen the floor much this season and struggled in his time last season. A new team could be beneficial for the 16.5 point per game scorer in his single year at Indiana.

The Nuggets Bolster Their Defense

Nuggets Receive

  • P.J. Tucker

Rockets Receive

  • Three future second round picks

Denver is currently ranked in the bottom half of defensive efficiency, points allowed per game and lack that defensive-minded forward. The addition of Tucker creates even more of a paint presence defensively and legitimizes their NBA Finals hopes.

Looking at the Nuggets’ seven losses, three of which have come against top four teams in either the East or West. One came at the hands of the Clippers, the other two being the Nets and Jazz. Examining a possible playoff series versus the Clippers or Lakers, acquiring P.J. Tucker creates a better match-up defensively. Tucker’s versatility allows him to guard any one of the four stars in Los Angeles and allows Jokic’s focus to remain on the offensive side of the ball.

Houston gets exactly what they are seeking in this deal. Three future second round picks may not be an appealing return, but dealing an expiring contract that has seen his role diminish should appease both teams in the deal.

Dallas Adds Muscle Alongside Luka Doncic

Mavericks Receive

  • P.J. Tucker

Rockets Receive

Dallas is currently bottom five in opponent rebounds allowed per game and ranks last in three point percentage. Over his career, Tucker has averaged just about six rebounds per game and has shot 41.9% from three this season. It may not be a sudden fix for Dallas, but adding the veteran forward can address some of their bigger issues that has led them to fall out of the top eight in the West.

This is the worst return for Houston and my least favorite of the P.J. Tucker landing spots out of the three listed. Marjanovic is on his last year of his deal and the early returns on the Stanford product Tyrell Terry have not been great. They still recoup two future second rounders, but player wise Houston can look elsewhere for a better return.

P.J. Tucker Will Be on a Finals-Caliber Team

Tucker’s style of play will play anywhere. His defensive versatility and ability to stretch the floor from the smallball center position can be utilized anywhere. It seems like Tucker will be dealt, it’s just a matter of when and where he is dealt. Let me know your P.J. Tucker landing spots!

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