With the Houston Rockets' season headed nowhere, they're looking to move on from their veterans as they usher in a youth movement. Aside from releasing DeMarcus Cousins, the team is reportedly exploring trades for forward P.J. Tucker.
Any contender should welcome the idea of bringing in the 35-year-old's hard-nosed defensive play, especially for the playoffs. With that in mind, here are three likely trade destinations for Tucker.
P.J. Tucker Trade Rumors
3. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers currently hold the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but this roster could still use some improvements. Adding Tucker for the stretch run would be one way to strengthen Philly's lineup. He'd boost a defense that's in the middle of the pack for opponent points per game (111.5), and he should regain his 3-point shooting form (career 35.9%) given the open looks that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are able to generate for their teammates.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
It's clear that the Milwaukee Bucks need to make some moves in order to feel strong about their shot to contend. Bringing Tucker in to give the team a much-needed edge is a good place to start. The Bucks have fallen to average in opponent PPG this season (112.0) after being a top-10 defense last year, which propelled them to the No. 1 seed in the conference. This team can score at will, ranking second in PPG this season (118.9), but the Bucks won't be truly deadly until they can stop opponents from doing the same.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are always going to be players at the trade deadline for available veterans, and that's expected to be the case here as well. L.A. is already reportedly interested in Tucker, so it'd be no surprise if a deal is made. Houston is said to be looking for players, rather than picks, in exchange for the 35-year-old forward, and the Lakers could offer someone like Talen Horton-Tucker or Kyle Kuzma if they want to make a move. Veteran role players seem to thrive in L.A., and Tucker could be yet another success story as the team hopes to defend its title.
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