“He’s Not Gonna Join 2 Chokers”: James Harden Reunion on the Cards for 37-Year-Old NBA Veteran Brings NBA Fans on the Edge of Their Seats

Published 06/22/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
May 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts with center Joel Embiid (21) after a score against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game four of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Former Miami Heat player P.J. Tucker will enter the free-agent market this summer. And there will reportedly be a rush to sign him among the NBA teams. It appears that some teams are very interested in him, including James Harden’s Philadelphia 76ers. 

Notably, Tucker was on the NBA champions’ roster for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021. Afterwards, he joined the Miami Heat.

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However, The Athletic’s Shams Charania has reported that he is set to have a wave of teams approach him this summer. The Athletic quoted Shams as saying: “Miami’s PJ Tucker will opt out of his $7.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season and enter free agency, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Several championship-contending teams are expected to compete for Tucker, who was a key part of Milwaukee’s title run in 2021,” Charania reported.

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As a result, the expectations for Tucker continue to rise, as well as the number of teams who are targeting him. NBA fans are on the edge of their seats as James Harden prepares for his reunion with the 37-year-old veteran.

Joel Embiid says the 76ers need someone like P.J. Tucker

Last season, the 76ers had a rough playoff run as losing Joel Embiid for a few games had a drastic effect on them. In Round 1 of that series against the Toronto Raptors, they were leading 3-0. However; they were pushed to a Game 6, which they won, before eventually losing the Eastern Conference Semifinals 4-2 to the Miami Heat. In addition, Embiid mentioned at one point that the team needs someone like Tucker as well.

​​“Nothing against what we have,” Embiid told reporters following Game 6. “It’s just the truth. We never have P.J. Tucker. That’s really what I’m trying to say. I think physicality, once you get to the playoffs in the later rounds, you need that. You need those guys that are really tough.” 

Feb 26, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) points as he makes a three point basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, some fans are shocked on Twitter by the 76ers‘ interest in Tucker. Some have even said: “He’s Not Gonna Join 2 Chokers”. 

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Notably, in 2021-22, Tucker shot 41.5% from beyond the arc. The 76ers would likely benefit from having Tucker on their roster.

Furthermore, while much is yet to happen, it will be exciting to see what Tucker chooses for his next step. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. 

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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