P.J. Tucker has made it known that he wants to re-sign with the Suns this summer, albeit at a higher salary than the veteran’s minimum he has been playing for the last two seasons, writes Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic. Tucker said, “The love I have for this organization will always be. They gave me a chance to prove myself and actually to prove that I’m a player in this league. It’s almost emotional for me to think about everything I’ve been through and for them to give me an opportunity to do it. Not just to be on the team, but in two seasons, I’ve started a whole year and a half for the team on a minimum contract. That doesn’t happen. When I sit back and think about it, which I never do, it’s too much. So I’ll always be indebted.” The article notes that Tucker was named by Forbes magazine as the most underpaid player in the league with his $884,000 salary. In 72 games, Tucker has averaged 9.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 1.8 APG in 30.9 minutes per game.
More from out west:
- Sean Highkin of USA Today analyzes the Trail Blazers performance with and without LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup.
- Vince Carter hopes to return to the Mavericks next season, writes Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. “I think I’ve earned the right to stick around,” Carter said. He will be an un-restricted free agent after this season when his three year, $9.3MM deal expires.
- We rounded up the news from the Pacific Division earlier today, and had the latest on Kevin Love.