PJ Tucker reveals the real reason he wants to retire with the Rockets
Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker revealed last week he wants to retire with the franchise. The tough-minded Tucker has found a home in Houston and his teammates, coaches and the fans in H-Town love him.
During his conference call with Rockets reporters on Tuesday, Tucker expanded on why he truly wants to end his NBA career with Houston.
Pj Tucker on why he wants to finish his career in Houston: “Houston’s a blue collar city. I feel like there’s a lot of hard-working Houston fans…. It’s easy to work hard for a city that really appreciates you.”
Talks about random run-ins he has with fans at the grocery store.
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Earlier in the season, the Rockets fully guaranteed Tucker’s salary for the 2020-21 campaign. PJ will make $7,969,537 next season, the final year of his contract.
If the Rockets were smart, they’ll sign Tucker to an extension this offseason. He’s too important of a player for Houston to lose, especially since the team is taking its micro-ball to another level.
As everyone familiar with the Rockets knows, Tucker’s defense and corner 3-point shooting are vital for the team to have success. His defensive skills are even more important than usual since he’s being asked to guard opposing centers in Orlando now that Clint Capela is gone.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Tucker was averaging 7.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Rockets, all while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 84.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Prior to the start of the 2020 playoffs, the Rockets will face the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers in their eight seeding games.
As it stands, Houston is in the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings with a record of 40-24. They have the same record as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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