Eric Pincus: PJ Tucker has $2.6 mil guaranteed in his 4th year at $8.0 mil – 1st season $7.6 mil @BBallInsiders Toronto Raptors
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Shams Charania: Free agent P.J. Tucker has reached agreement on a deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.
Shams Charania: Tucker has agreed to a four-year, $32M deal with the 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.
Chris Haynes: Sacramento’s meeting with PJ Tucker will take place in Philadelphia on Sunday, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Pina: Source: Sacramento is showing interest in PJ Tucker
Chris Haynes: Sacramento Kings have scheduled a face-to-face meeting with PJ Tucker over the weekend, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Toronto brass meeting with free-agent swingman PJ Tucker in Philadelphia at some point after midnight, league sources tell ESPN.
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.
Josh Lewenberg: Ujiri on the trade deadline deals for Ibaka/Tucker-“One of the reasons we did it was for their rights… We need a training camp (together)”
“I’ve got to keep playing for my team,” Tucker told Basketball Insiders. “I’m a Phoenix Sun right now. This is the last year of my contract, but as of now, I’m a Phoenix Sun. So I’m going to keep playing until somebody tells me otherwise. In this league, it’s part of the business, especially coming up in a contract year. So for me, it’s just staying focused and being ready to play every night.”
“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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Emiliano Carchia: Alessandro Gentile confirms he will play for the Rockets in Vegas Summer League: “I should have played the NBA Summer League years ago. But I remained in Milano for the love I had for the club”
James’ numbers were strong — he scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on 11-of-22 shooting — but his energy seemed to lag at times, and it might’ve contributed to his six turnovers. “I had my moments,” James said when asked if he was tired. “I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down.” James later dismissed the issue. “I’m fine,” he said. “I didn’t mention fatigue, [the media] did.”
LeBron James says he does away with social media and most TV during the playoffs and focuses by reading a good, old fashioned book. The paperback he’s carrying around during the Eastern Conference finals is ‘The Alchemist,’ the world renowned novel from Paulo Coehlo about a boy who looks for and finds his destiny. In the book, published in 1988, the main character, Santiago, a shepherd, has recurring dreams that he will discover his treasure in life in the Egyptian pyramids.
“I never played in a series where home court seems to matter so much,” Kyle Korver said. “We’ve just played really bad here in Boston. They probably feel the same way how they played in Cleveland. Thank God we’re going home next.”
Marcus Morris is “that guy” for the Celtics. He’s one of the enforcers and dominant personalities on a team that doesn’t take a scintilla of disrespect from anybody. He’s also sometimes guilty of riling up his opponents, prodding and pressing and working to get a rise out of his foes. It was there in his clapping in the face of Tristan Thompson in Game 2, and it was there again on Wednesday when he uttered something inaudible — but clearly inflammatory — to Larry Nance Jr. in Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win . “Man, I’m just competing at a high level,” said Morris. “I’m blessed to be able to come out here and play in games of this magnitude. Things get chippy — hey, it’s the conference finals.”
Rozier, with a smirk on his face, said he didn’t push anyone when pressed by reporters. “I ain’t see nothing,” said Rozier. “I ain’t push nobody. I don’t think I push nobody. Larry my guy, we both from Ohio, so it’s all good. Just having fun.”