Next season, it looks like PJ Tucker will resume his jaunt through the Eastern Conference’s top teams. The veteran power forward is anticipated to join the Philadelphia 76ers after his two-year stints with Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
Even while it isn’t a surprise to see Tucker join another competitor, it is startling to learn that he will be paid $30 million over three years, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. In spite of his ability to defend and shoot well from 3-point range, he will reach 40 years old in the last year of the contract.
A guy in his late 30s who plays as physically as Tucker does may be beneficial to the Sixers if he can remain healthy. However, that isn’t a given.
Sixers-Tucker: There’s a catch
However, if James Harden exercises his $47.36 million player option, the club will not have enough financial room to complete the deal to bring Tucker in. As a consequence, they’d have to make room for his wages, which would need some clearing out.
It remains to be seen after June 30, no franschise may begin contract negotiations with a free agent until after the start of the free-agency period. Any conversation prior to the event constitutes tampering.