June 27, 2019, 7:57 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets are becoming more confident in their ability to land Jimmy Butler and that the team is lining up deals that would make a sign-and-trade possible.
Adding Butler would cost Houston Eric Gordon and Clint Capela, but Feigen notes that P.J. Tucker is not currently expected to be included in any Butler-related trades. This is all still quite early in the process, too, as while the Rockets have started increasing their prep work, they still don't know exactly how Butler feels about the prospect of joining Houston. Stay tuned.
Source: Houston Chronicle
June 26, 2019, 4:07 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets have offered up Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker to teams with cap space in hopes of recouping draft picks that can be used in a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.
Butler has been adamant that he's a max player and seems likely to pursue the best financial offer available, which would put Philadelphia in the driver's seat. If the Rockets do make a compelling case, however, the Sixers might be willing to work on a sign-and-trade considering how Butler behaved last year when he wasn't in a situation that he liked. This way Butler would get his five-year deal and the Sixers would get plenty of assets in return. There are not many teams with tons of cap space available, which is why Capela, Gordon and Tucker are being offered up individually, but they all would be solid additions to most rosters around the league.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 6, 2019, 12:15 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker is open to signing an extension with the Rockets this offseason.
As much as Tucker would like to cash in after a very good playoff performance, the reality is that he is 34 years old and still has two years left on his current deal. Add in the fact the the Rockets have been shopping Tucker and are looking to re-tool the team, it is extremely unlikely that GM Daryl Morey would be interested in giving Tucker an extension at this time.
Source: The Athletic
June 5, 2019, 1:21 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker will be in attendance for Team USA training camp ahead of this summer's FIBA World Cup.
Team USA can obviously get the game's biggest stars, and it's a serious accolade for a grinder like Tucker to get an invite. He's a deeply impactful player even if he doesn't light up the highlight reel like most of the other players that will be vying for a spot on the final roster. It's a well-deserved step in Tucker's incredible journey. Paul Millsap will also be attending, and Team USA could certainly do worse than the hard-nosed, intelligent veterans.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 9, 2019, 1:24 amPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker tied James Harden for a team-high 45 minutes played on Wednesday and delivered a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double that came with one dime, three 3-pointers, two steals and one block.
It was nice to see Tucker fill up the stat sheet tonight. He's been the Rockets' X-factor in this game and they'll need him to bring his best game as they face off against a likely Durant-less Warriors (right calf strain) in Game 6. An excellent two-way performance from him coudd spell the difference for the Rockets' playoff future.
May 7, 2019, 5:26 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets hold a plus-21 edge and 35.4 perfecent offensive rebounding percentage in the 45 minutes of action that P.J. Tucker has played the five.
The Rockets counter to the "Hamptons Five" was executed to perfection in Game 4, as Tucker was making hustle plays all over the court. The absurd 35.4 percent offensive rebounding rate can't last, and it will be interesting to see how the Warriors adjust as they head back home.
Source: Zach Lowe on Twitter
May 7, 2019, 12:21 amPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker came up big again in Game 4 on Monday with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers.
Tucker is the primary defender for Kevin Durant and there's no coincidence that the Warriors went on a scoring run when Tucker went to the bench. He's struggled with foul trouble this series, but that's bound to happen when you're tasked to guard Durant and whoever else drives into the lane as the team's small-ball center. Tucker has been a huge difference maker this series as he grabbed five more offensive rebounds tonight purely off of his hustle.
May 1, 2019, 1:20 amPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
PJ Tucker double-doubled in Game 2 on Tuesday, going for 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
Tucker only shot threes tonight, going 3-for-5, but he sank all four of his freebies to cap off the efficient performance. The Rockets would surely take another night like this after Tucker had zero points and three rebounds in Game 1. Look for him to continue doing the little things, especially generating steals, as the series moves to Houston for Game 3 on Saturday.
April 28, 2019, 6:24 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker didn't dent the scoring column on Sunday, missing all three of his shots to finish with no points and four steals in 39 minutes.
Tucker did do a nice job in terms of ball denial while providing the usual toughness, but Houston need more out of its complementary pieces to keep up with the Warriors. Three Rockets hit double digits today, while the other six combined for 21 points total.
April 21, 2019, 1:25 amPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker only shot 3-of-11 from the field on Saturday but came away with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two triples as the Rockets took Game 3.
Tucker's biggest contribution came in the form of an offensive rebound that led to free throws which gave Houston a three-point lead with 10 seconds left. Tucker could've put the Rockets up by four but split those free throws, before ending up with the ball after Utah missed a game-tying three and sinking his freebies to formally put things out of reach with 6.5 seconds to go. He is simply built for playoff basketball and is integral to Houston's championship aspirations.
April 18, 2019, 12:17 amPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
PJ Tucker drilled four triples on his way to 16 points in a blowout win over the Jazz in Game 2 on Wednesday.
He added two steals and four boards while converting five of his eight shots from the field. The Rockets have confidence in Tucker to fire from deep and he proved them right as he drilled four of his seven attempts from 3-point territory. Surrounding James Harden with 3-and-D wing players has been their formula for success and Tucker fits that mold perfectly. When Tucker is hitting his shots, the Rockets are likely to dominate the way they did tonight.
April 16, 2019, 6:56 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets shoot, and Chris Paul didn't hesitate to tell P.J. Tucker to continue firing away after Tucker missed his first two threes in Game 1 against the Jazz.
With James Harden and Paul always looking to create, Tucker and Danuel House combined for 17 three-point attempts en route to blowing out the Jazz in Game 1. Look for more threes from House and Tucker who make for sneaky DFS plays on Wednesday.
Source: Houston Chronicle
April 10, 2019, 1:13 amPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker picked up three defensive stats in a quiet game on Tuesday, scoring four points with six rebounds, a steal and two blocks.
Tucker's value can't be overstated in reality as his defensive abilities are a major reason why the Rockets have the No. 2 defense post ASB. He's more of a specialist in fantasy leagues with averages of 1.8 3s, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.4 blocks. He's top-60-75 value (9/8-cat, total) on the year due to his elite steal numbers which will likely carry forward into next year as the Rockets are one of the easiest teams to pin in terms of fantasy value heading into the 2019-2020 season. On a per-game basis PJT was a top-90/110 player
April 5, 2019, 10:41 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker scored 11 points and added three 3s, three boards, an assist and two steals in Friday’s dismantling of the visiting Knicks.
Tucker only played 24 minutes and that’s indicative of why his value has fallen out of the top-120 lately- six of their last games have been blowouts and with so many teams actively trying to lose we’ll likely see this trend play out for the rest of the regular season. Iman Shumpert added 10 points and two treys in 24 minutes off the bench.
March 22, 2019, 11:11 pmPJ TuckerF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker tweaked his ankle and went to the locker room before returning to action and finishing Friday’s home win over the Spurs with zero points (0-for-3, all from deep), 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 37 minutes.
Tucker didn’t get any steals or 3s but at least he avoided major injury. He’s been a top-85 play over the last few weeks so continue rolling with him if you need his stat-set. Clint Capela chipped in 16 rebounds, seven points, four assists and a block in the win.