The Suns, on a 2-20 stretch, are headed south quickly.
With Eric Bledsoe and T.J. Warren out for the season, there’s no hope for getting back in the playoff race. Phoenix’s best-case scenario for the rest of the year is landing the No. 1 seed in the lottery.
There’s no longer a place on this team for P.J. Tucker – a 30-year-old wing capable of helping teams now.
Expect him to draw plenty of interest.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
The Raptors interest in Tucker might be a negative indicator for DeMarre Carroll, who’s out after knee surgery. James Johnson being banged up doesn’t help, either. At least with DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross, Toronto isn’t desperate for a wing.
But other tams might be.
There’s a dearth of shooting guards and small forwards in the NBA right now. That’s particularly important for contenders chasing Golden State. The Warriors are at their best when Draymond Green plays center with three wings – usually Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes – flanking him and Stephen Curry. Few opponents have the wing depth to keep up.
Tucker might not have the speed to hang with the zippy Warriors, but he’d fare better than most traditional bigs. A 3-and-D player, Tucker would help most contenders.
He makes a relatively cheap $5.5 million this year, and just $1.5 million his $5.3 million salary next season is guaranteed in case something goes awry. More likely, a team would get two years of valuable production from him.
The Suns are dealing from a position of strength. They can ask for plenty.