NBA Trade Rumors: Is PJ Tucker to Phoenix Suns a Realistic Possibility?

Published 03/16/2021, 5:42 PM EDT
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


Phoenix Suns have been one of the most surprising teams this season. After a great off-season where they swooped in Chris Paul and Jae Crowder, the Suns clearly became a playoff team.

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They have certainly surpassed all those expectations and are currently one of the best teams in the NBA. The Suns now have a record of 26 wins and 12 losses and are currently the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.

Jan 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) attempts to dribble the ball around Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

But with the trade deadline still nine days away, the Suns can certainly add a player or two. One of the biggest names available for trading is veteran forward PJ Tucker. The 35-year-old can be a key rotational piece in any team and is a very viable threat from the perimeter.

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NBA insider Sam Amick is a recent appearance at the Athletic NBA show explained why the Suns can be a realistic destination for Tucker.

“Still very tight with Chris Paul. I think that matters because Chris and his influence. If he can convince James Jones in that front office in Phoenix to do what they need to do to get PJ.”

The Suns have a good group of players right now, but Tucker can be a great addition. Given the experience he has had, he can be a great veteran addition to the team.

What can PJ Tucker add to the Phoenix Suns

PJ Tucker currently is clearly struggling with the Rockets averaging 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 points and 1.4 assists per game. But there is no doubting the quality the 35-year-old could bring to any team.

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Tucker certainly brings versatility to any team he plays for. Given his 6’5″ frame, the forward can play as a small ball center and can defend all the positions on the court as well.

Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The 35-year-old is also one of the most lethal three point shooters from the corner. Given the way the Suns play with CP3 on the floor, Tucker can be a viable three point threat for Phoenix.

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PJ Tucker still has a lot left in his tank. If the Suns do trade for him, they will surely be one of the most dangerous team in the West.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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