Bucks acquire 35-year-old P.J. Tucker

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Veteran swingman P.J. Tucker has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. He was the marquee player in a three-team deal that also included the Houston Rockets and the Phoenix Suns.

Tucker, forward Rodions Kurucs, and the previously acquired 2022 Bucks first-round draft pick have been moved to Milwaukee. The Rockets acquired guard DJ Augustin, forward DJ Wilson, and a 2023 unprotected first-round draft pick.

Former Houston Rockets swingman P.J. Tucker attends the 2019 Players' Night Out hosted by The Players' Tribune at The Dream Hotel
P.J. Tucker attends the 2019 Players’ Night Out hosted by The Players’ Tribune at The Dream Hotel (Getty Images)

The Rockets also agreed to a draft swap with its 2021 second-round draft pick.

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In a corresponding move, the Bucks traded forward Torrey Craig to the Phoenix Suns. Craig struggled to find time with the Bucks after signing with the team in the off-season.

“It’s crazy but for a place that I love with all my heart, I can’t find the words to describe how much the city of Houston means to me,” Tucker said in an Instagram post. “The City embraced me from Day 1 and stole my heart with all the love I was shown. I gave my blood, sweat, and tears on the floor and sacrificed it all to try and bring a chip to the city. H-Town thank you for giving me some of the best years of my life… I won’t soon forget you.”

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The Rockets had sat Tucker for a week as they were fielding offers for his services. With Houston in a rebuilding mode, the team is trying to acquire as many assets as possible.

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This is the same thing that they did in January when James Harden was told to stay away from the team until they could make a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

This is Tucker’s fourth NBA team. He spent three-plus seasons with the Rockets.

Before joining the Rockets, he played for the Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns.

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The 35-year-old Tucker is in the final year of his contract. The Bucks hope that he’ll be able to give them a spark in the second part of the season.

Before the trade, Tucker was struggling. He’s averaging 4.4 points per game, which is the lowest since he was a rookie with the Raptors in 2006-07 when he averaged 1.8 points in 17 games.

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