The Bucks have, from a salary cap perspective, the best…

The Bucks have, from a salary cap perspective, the best chance of keeping another key free agent, PJ Tucker. Giannis Antetokounmpo gave PJ a glowing review during the Brooklyn series. Giannis said, “He keeps making everything tough on KD (Kevin Durant). He’s vocal. He’s a leader. He pushes us to be great. He’s definitely a big piece of this organization and this team. He’s going to keep helping us. We definitely need him moving forward.” … To me, there’s no reason why, from a financial perspective, Tucker shouldn’t be back with the Bucks.

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I think he’s best valued on a playoff-type team. Most of those teams are only going to have the mid-level exception to work with, including a few exceptions like the New York Knicks, for example. I think Milwaukee has the best chance to keep him… I think PJ’s going to have suitors from other teams around the league. I think declining that two-year, $17 million extension offer (From Houston), I think he’s going to end up doing better than that after his playoff run.
Milwaukee has PJ Tucker’s full Bird rights so they won’t have any issues re-signing him. Like DiVincenzo, Tucker could benefit from the Bucks’ lack of tradeable salaries. What’s also helping him is that the Bucks have no means of replacing his salary slot if he doesn’t return. He reportedly declined two-year, $17 million extension with Houston that was only $10 million guaranteed. Tucker earning around the same amount of money annually as he’s been earning recently is reasonable on a short-term deal.
Brooklyn has maintained an interest in Tucker dating back to the Nets' James Harden trade talks. Miami also discussed adding Tucker in variations of the Heat's negotiations for Victor Oladipo, sources said. Add the Lakers, Warriors, Nuggets and Jazz as teams that could vie for Tucker's services too. Minnesota, led of course by former Rockets executive Gersson Rosas, has coveted Tucker dating back to the 2020 draft, sources said, and the Wolves have continued searching for front court improvements.
Bobby Portis’s short but productive career as a Milwaukee Buck is winding down. P.J. Tucker, whose career with the Bucks has been even shorter than Portis’ and certainly less productive, also appears to be approaching the finish line in Milwaukee. Messrs. Portis and Tucker will become free agents after this season and neither one, in the estimation of several NBA officials, figures to be donning a Bucks uni for the 2021-2022 season.
11. Veteran forward PJ Tucker still hopes to come to an agreement on an extension with Houston, league sources told The Athletic. Tucker initially expressed these desires about his long-term future last summer. Both sides are said to be on the same page in terms of wanting Tucker to stick around past the 2020-21 season — the last year of his current deal — when he’ll be making $7.97 million.
Shams Charania: Final year of Tucker’s four-year, $32M deal will now be guaranteed. Tucker has emerged as Houston’s starting center recently.
Shams Charania: Free agent P.J. Tucker has reached agreement on a deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets will sign Tucker using their mid-level exception, source said. Reason it was important to do the trade for Paul, to have full MLE.
Michael Scotto: Toronto Raptors remain interested in re-signing P.J. Tucker and will meet with him on Saturday, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Point guard aside, the Knicks are interested in tough-minded veterans such as P.J. Tucker, according to sources, and are looking, in particular, for players who can compete on both ends of the floor.
The club has preliminary interest in two-way veteran and free agent P.J. Tucker, per league sources. Jeff Hornacek coached Tucker in Phoenix and praised Tucker last season as a strong locker-room leader and intense defender.
“Just somewhere that fits me,” Tucker told Basketball Insiders. “Phoenix has been great to me. I’ve been here five years. It’s been a great five years, somewhere I would love to be for a long time. So places like this, where I just fit and they understand me and let me be myself. It’s a big factor for me.”
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