The Miami Heat are considered the favorites to land P.J. Tucker. Would he be a good fit on the roster?
The Miami Heat has won 10 of its last 11 games and they’re currently one of the hottest teams in the league. After a terrible start to the season, in which they were 6-12 through their first 18 games, Miami has turned it around and now finds themselves sitting in the fourth seed of the Eastern Conference.
Hoping to admirably defend their East crown in the playoffs, the Heat is expected to try and improve the roster and depth ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline. One player that has been linked to the Heat recently has been Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker.
According to a recent report by SI.com, some view the Heat as a favorite to land the veteran forward.
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"P.J. Tucker, whose numbers have dipped precipitously this season, is expected to be traded, with rival executives pointing to Miami as the favorite."
During the first half of the season, Tucker averaged just four points and five rebounds per game on 37 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent shooting from 3-point range. Any team that is interested in Tucker has to wonder whether his downtick in production and efficiency is due to playing on the lowly Rockets or if he’s past his productive seasons.
At age 35, it could also very well be a bit of both. This is why any team should be wary of sending out tangible assets for Tucker at the trade deadline.
Would P.J. Tucker be a good fit on the Miami Heat?
On paper, it’s easy to see why Tucker would be a good fit on the Heat. He’d give them another versatile forward that could play the small-ball five and next to Bam Adebayo. He can help stretch the floor and would be able to guard multiple positions.
Defensively is where the Heat would utilize him most. He can fill a role that Kelly Olynyk simply can’t at this point in his career. Even though Olynyk is a better offensive threat on the perimeter, you’d have to bet that Miami would be willing to swap that threat for defensive prowess.
Especially considering that the Heat’s turnaround has been powered by sporting the No. 1 defensive rating since Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup.
Depending on the asking price, P.J. Tucker is a player that the Heat should be interested in. If Miami could acquire him without using one of their young players, it’s a move that they should absolutely explore and seems like one solid option on the table for the team.