KEY POINTS

  • PJ Tucker could address the Los Angeles Lakers' big-man needs
  • The Brooklyn Nets may offer Spence Dinwiddie for Tucker
  • Tucker fits in perfectly with the Miami Heat's power-forward woes

The Houston Rockets appear serious about dealing away their veterans and are keen to maintain their small-ball philosophy for the rest of the 2020-21 NBA season.

After DeMarcus Cousins, PJ Tucker is allegedly the next player that the team is putting up according to NBA trade rumors.

The Rockets are not looking that hot right now, toting an 11-17 win-loss record in the NBA Eastern Conference.

The team seems to be focused on rebuilding right now and wants young players as well as future assets in exchange for their veteran players.

But in the case of Tucker, someone who is already proven, Houston wants a player in exchange according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

There are several players available in the market right now, young guns who could be part of head coach Steven Silas’ plans. Here are some teams that could explore a potential PJ Tucker acquisition.

Los Angeles Lakers

It comes as no surprise that the Los Angeles Lakers would be one of the teams interested in Tucker. Most know that they are in the market for a big man but will have to give up someone on their end for the trade to work.

The names of Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker come to mind.

For Kuzma, it hardly makes sense because he was recently signed to a contract extension. Horton-Tucker is more plausible considering he has hardly been given the minutes to fully show his talent.

Moving to Houston could benefit the 20-year-old who could shine under the watch of Silas.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets could be an ideal landing spot for Tucker although there are questions on who they could give up in exchange.

Spence Dinwiddie has been mentioned as a possible player the Nets could bring up although he is out for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

If this is something the Rockets would not mind, the salaries of both PJ Tucker and Spencer Dinwiddie could work. Although they prefer a player, Brooklyn may throw in some things in the pot to compensate the deal like picks or cash.

P.J. Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets Photo: Getty Images | Jonathan Bachman

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat could also be a sensible landing spot for Tucker who can add some role-playing flavor to head coach Erik Spoelstra.

He ably fills in the power forward spot of the Heat,  considered one of the weak spots for the South Beach squad.

The Heat do have a lot of young players on the fold, so it will be interesting who they would dangle.

Though it may be a short-term lease for Miami, Tucker is a guy who could boost their chances not only this season but for a couple of more years.