Report: P.J. Tucker opts out of $7.4 million with Heat to test free agent market


At age 37 and about to enter his 13th NBA season, there is still a lot of demand for P.J. Tucker.

Enough demand that Tucker is going to opt out of his $7.4 million contract with the Miami Heat to explore free agency, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Tucker will have contenders vying for his services, and while the bidding could get up to the mid-level exception — $10.4 million — it’s more likely Tucker would take a little less for two years fully guaranteed. It may take two years, $18 million to lock him down.

It’s money well spent for a contender. Tucker averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds a game for the Heat, but what he really brings is physical, switchable defense, plus he shot 41.5% on corner 3s last season. He brings a vital playoff component with his defense and floor spacing, and it was evident this postseason how the Bucks missed him.

Expect all the contenders to get in the mix for Tucker this summer — including the Heat.