HoopsHype PJ Tucker rumors

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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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For one, Tucker knows he will be making much more money next season after playing on a veteran's minimum contract for the next two seasons. It also played his hand that he wants and expects to be back with the Suns next season despite becoming a restricted free agent in July. "Of course, why would I not?" Tucker said. "They brought me here. I think I exceeded their expectations and mine with what has transpired. Of course, I want to retire a Sun." Arizona Republic

"The love I have for this organization will always be," Tucker said. "They gave me a chance to prove myself and actually to prove that I'm a player in this league. It's almost emotional for me to think about everything I've been through and for them to give me an opportunity to do it. Not just to be on the team, but in two seasons, I've started a whole year and a half for the team on a minimum contract. That doesn't happen. "When I sit back and think about it, which I never do, it's too much. So I'll always be indebted." Arizona Republic

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Suns forward P.J. Tucker picked up a technical foul recently and joked that he wants the Suns to have it taken out of next year's salary. For one, Tucker knows he will be making much more money next season after playing on a veteran's minimum contract for the next two seasons. It also played his hand that he wants and expects to be back with the Suns next season despite becoming a restricted free agent in July. "Of course, why would I not?" Tucker said. "They brought me here. I think I exceeded their expectations and mine with what has transpired. Of course, I want to retire a Sun." Arizona Republic

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McDonough was calling on Wednesday to inform Tucker that he had been fined by the league for his second flopping offense. But Tucker had no way of knowing what the call was about, hence his apprehension once McDonough finally got him on the phone. “I called P.J. and it went to voicemail,” McDonough said, in an interview with Greg Esposito of Suns.com. “I didn’t leave a message, I was just about to text him and ask him to call me back. P.J. called me back — it was about one o’clock [Wednesday] afternoon, so we were about 24 hours before the deadline — and I noticed P.J. was a little short of breath, breathing a little heavy. Then the light went on in my head. I said ‘P.J., we’re not trading you. That’s not what this call’s about.’ Then he said ‘Thank goodness, man. I love it here. I was so nervous.’ I don’t think anybody’s ever been happier to be fined than P.J. Tucker was when I told him, ‘The good news is you’re not being traded, the bad news is that you are getting fined.’ And I think he was glad to pay the fine if he could stay here in Phoenix.” NBCSports.com

After getting a flopping warning in the previous game against Miami, Tucker was fined by the league for flopping in Tuesday night’s game at Denver when Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried fouled him from behind on a rebound. Tucker stumbled into the stanchion without much of a shove in the back. Tucker said he “fell kind of funny” and “sold it a little bit” but was definitely pushed. “I’m still going to play like I play,” Tucker said. “It ain’t going to change nothing. “Me getting fined $5,000 for flopping is something that couldn’t be so opposite of how I play. It’s more the implication that I’m a flopper. I think that bothers me more than the actual fine.” Arizona Republic

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Tucker has a lot of company. The love affair between N.B.A. players and their basketball shoes has never been more passionate. The players’ unquenchable thirst for footwear is evident on the court, where they cycle through styles hourly, it seems, and at home, where shoe boxes teeter in players’ closets like pieces in a Jenga game. “It’s really become a phenomenon where you see guys getting competitive with each other: Who’s got the hottest sneakers?” said Matt Halfhill, the publisher of Nice Kicks, an influential blog for self-described sneaker-heads. “It’s a big thing.” New York Times

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Sidigas Avellino is ready to make choices for the next season. The big name is P.J. Tucker. Anyway talks are expected to be very difficult, because the player has a contract (non-guaranteed) with the Phoenix Suns for an amount of 884.293$ and even if he could be cut by the team, could find an NBA team interested in him (Oklahoma City). Sportando

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