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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Report: Rockets want to keep PJ Tucker for rest of his career

Houston Rockets

While the Houston Rockets are undergoing some reshuffling this offseason, one man who is most likely safe is PJ Tucker.

Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Houston wants the versatile forward to retire with them and that they have even discussed the possibility of a role within the team for him after his playing days are done.

Tucker started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, putting up 7.3 points on 37.7 percent shooting from three to go with 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game. A member of the team for two seasons now, Tucker is under contract for $8.3 million with a partially guaranteed $7.9 million for 2020-21.

The hard work that Tucker puts in as a multipositional defender, floor spacer, and offensive rebounding maestro has proven invaluable for Houston during their last two playoff runs. Retirement may not actually be too far off for him though, as he is already 34 years old. With that said, it sounds like Tucker can breathe somewhat easy amid a summer of uncertainty for the whole roster.

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