The Houston Rockets were thought to be asking a lot for veteran P.J. Tucker. Maybe a late first-round pick or early second-rounder seemed a bit too rich for the aging stretch forward, even for a legitimate playoff contender like the Miami Heat.
For starters, the Heat doesn’t have an early-round pick to offer in a trade and there’s a good chance Tucker gets a buyout on his $8 million contract. The best course of action would be to take a wait-and-see approach on Tucker, especially after their insane asking price was revealed.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Rockets want either Tyler Herro or Duncan Robinson in a trade for Tucker. That would mean giving up one of the Heat’s top three-point shooters in exchange for a 35-year-old forward who has shot a career-worst 31.4% from deep this season.
To put that in perspective, Herro is shooting 34.7% from three-point land which is down from 38.9% last year. Robinson is shooting 39.1% after setting the NBA on fire last year at 44.6% from deep. Yes, Tucker has been known as a lock-down defender throughout his career but his legs aren’t what they used to be. Miami should politely pass on this deal.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets have all been linked to Tucker as well. One other Rockets player mentioned in Heat rumors has been Victor Oladipo. He has been rehabbing in South Beach after suffering a setback from a knee tear.
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Fischer commented on that fluid situation:
“Miami’s the one you always hear,” said another rival scout.
But the Heat, just like other contenders such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, are limited by what future draft capital they’re allowed to move. And the New York Knicks are the only other potential Oladipo suitor that has truly been rumored thus far, sources said. It remains to be seen how seriously New York will pursue him.
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