HoopsHype PJ Tucker rumors

July 28, 2014 Updates

Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker was arrested for "super extreme DUI" in May by Scottsdale police. Tucker's blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police. A driver is considered legally drunk for a DUI charge in Arizona at .08 blood-alcohol content. A blood test administered after Tucker was taken to jail and later analyzed by Arizona DPS showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report. A super extreme DUI is .20 or more. Arizona Republic

Tucker had "thick and slurred" speech and "watery and bloodshot" eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a "powerful" alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Arizona Republic

July 23, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract, the team announced today. “We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with P.J. Tucker on a multiyear contract,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “His new contract fulfills one of our most important goals for this summer.” “P.J. is one of the most rugged competitors in the entire league,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “We love his passion and his fire. We are happy that he will remain in a Suns uniform for the foreseeable future.” NBA.com

"I cried," Tucker said. "It was emotional, man. It was an emotional time. Ain't anybody been through what I've been through. To get to the point where I'm at now is just only God and faith that I knew I was supposed to be in the NBA. Every day, every game, I leave it all out there. People think I play hard. It's just me wanting to be in the NBA and trying to prove every game that I should be here." Arizona Republic

July 15, 2014 Updates

It all paid off for a three-year deal worth $16.5 million, about $12.7 million of which is guaranteed. "I cried," Tucker said. "It was emotional, man. It was an emotional time. Ain't anybody been through what I've been through. "To get to the point where I'm at now is just only God and faith that I knew I was supposed to be in the NBA. Every day, every game, I leave it all out there. People think I play hard. It's just me wanting to be in the NBA and trying to prove every game that I should be here." Arizona Republic

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The only unknowns are what Tucker can command on the market and whether any team's offer could dissuade the Suns from their right to match it and retain the player whom they consider the team's heart and soul. "It's always kind of crazy," Tucker said. "You don't know what's going to happen. I don't think teams know all the time when another team is going to jump out there. I'm excited to go through it. "I don't know what their (the Suns') direction is. I know I had great years and that they like me, but they might look another direction. It's a business. Always has been, always will be. Maybe they draft a player who they think can do what I do at my position. Maybe they move on, maybe they don't. I don't know. I'm excited to see, though." Arizona Republic

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Tucker likely would make some contract sacrifice to stay with Phoenix. He is sometimes compared with Memphis' Tony Allen, who signed a four-year, $20 million last summer at age 31 as an All-Defensive first-team selection. "I like being here," Tucker said. "I love being here. If I could be here, I would love to be here. The business aspect of this is a big part of this, especially for me in my position. I've got to see my cards. There are so many different situations that it's hard to even speculate. It's my first time in free agency, so my agent is walking me step by step. It's weird, but at the same time, it's kind of awesome." Arizona Republic

Tucker said he did not know if he would visit other teams because of how the Suns remain in control with the ability to match an offer sheet. He has done his job, winning the Dan Majerle Hustle Award twice and averaging career highs for points (9.4) and rebounds (6.5) last season. "It's like the best and worst situation," Tucker said. "I know I'm going to be in a better position businesswise, but maybe I have to go to a team that's not so good. You never know. It's kind of scary, especially going through this for the first time so late in my career. They've talked to me and said they want to have me back. I think that's great, and I'm excited about seeing what happens." Arizona Republic

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