Rockets Seeking Three Second-Round Picks For Tucker?

After replenishing their stash of first-round picks by acquiring four first-rounders (and four more potential pick swaps) in their deal sending James Harden to Brooklyn, the Rockets are reportedly looking to stockpile second-round picks if they move forward P.J. Tucker.

League sources tell Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer that the Rockets are currently demanding three second-round picks in return for Tucker, who has been receiving trade interest from teams around the NBA.

[RELATED: Wolves Expected To Re-Engage With Rockets On P.J. Tucker]

Tucker is a strong, versatile defender and a reliable three-point shooter who is making just $8MM this season, making him an ideal fit for any contender. On the other hand, he’s 35 years old and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, so teams may be reluctant to meet Houston’s asking price.

Houston previously traded away its second-round picks in 2022, 2023, and 2027. The team has acquired Golden State’s 2024 second-round selection and has the ability to swap second-round picks with Philadelphia in 2021, but would benefit from landing two or three extra second-rounders for Tucker — those picks could be used to draft cheap young talent in future seasons or could help grease the wheels on future trades.

Within the same Ringer article, O’Connor reports that the Rockets were seeking Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, and three first-round picks from Philadelphia when the two teams discussed Harden last week.

The Sixers were reportedly prepared to surrender Simmons and Matisse Thybulle, but were said to be reluctant to part with Maxey and apparently felt Houston’s final asking price was too high. It’s also unclear how willing Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was to send Harden to Philadelphia, where former Houston GM Daryl Morey is the Sixers’ new president of basketball operations.

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30 thoughts on “Rockets Seeking Three Second-Round Picks For Tucker?

  1. Marty McRae

    PJ Tucker makes $7.969M.
    GSW’s IPE for Klay Thompson is $9.2M.
    GSW has plenty of 2nd rounders.

    Make it happen, Lacob, then trade Oubre+future picks for Oladipo and GSW will easily take down the Lakers.

    • mnsportsfan

      Easily? Easy there man. I’d love to see someone take down the Lakers, but that team wouldn’t do it.

      • Marty McRae

        Replacing Oubre and Thompson with Oladipo and Tucker absolutely wins the West, sorry you can’t see that. GSW are playing a man down and are still .500.

    • Sillivan

      Warriors have given up this season
      This is the team
      No more spending

      Next year playoffs LeBron will be 37.5 years old

      Davis has the injury history, and Harrell will be gone

      This summer Warriors will trade Wiggins 65 million contract and Wolves pick for a star

      • Marty McRae

        @Sillivan – wrong, the GSW ownership has literally said otherwise they will be making midyear trades and acquiring a player to use the Klay Thompson exemption with. Lacob never “gives up” and is always light years ahead – especially of you.

        If they were set on the team, why did they apply for the player exemption?

        Please dont be wrong like this in future, thanks.

      • Very Barry

        The first player that will be traded will be Kelly Oubre. Trading Oubre will relieve them of the ridiculous salary cap/luxury tax hit they will take by keeping him. Oubre will absolutely be traded at some point to avoid the luxury tax hit. They are not a contender this year.

    • emarque

      Oladipo isn’t going to be traded. Houston wants to see if he fits in their future plans and Oladipo has already said he would like to see how it works out also.

    • osaegthong

      wut makes u think da rockets will take a guy whos shooting 19% from three in exchange for their newcomer oladipo?? first of all, oladipo doesnt even wanna go to GS. second, they still have options left in their bag, Lee can fill in klay’s spot, hes shooting 47% from deep. Lmao, howw will tucker make da team better. they already got green. if i were da warriors i will rather trade for terrence ross

      • Marty McRae

        Excatly what I’m saying, trade Oubre and picks for Oladipo, and trade picks for Tucker, and that GSW goes from 4-8th to 1-2.

        Oladipo is a superstar, GSW would in effect be replacing Oubre (terrible performance so far) and Thompson (zero performance so far) with two all-star level vets – why on earth would you think Oladipo wouldnt make GSW a beast?

        Wiseman-Green-Wiggins-Oladipo-Curry

        Tucker-Paschall-Lee-Bazemore-Mulder-Looney-Wanamaker

        = chip

        • Don’t get me wrong, I love Tucker’s game and what he brings to a team…but he’s not an All-Star level player. And Oladipo’s numbers and play, while solid, are hardly superstar level. Maybe he can get back there with more time, but right now he’s not.

          Adding both would make GSW a really good team and a definite contender, but hardly a lock for a Finals appearance let alone a championship. Lakers are dominating on both ends of the court right now and the Clips are seemingly hitting a stride with PG playing really well.

    • They also have like 17 2nd round pics over the next few years. Seems like such a no-brainer you know Danny won’t do it

    • mikedickinson

      This should be a no brainer, especially after seeing what the Knicks front court did to Boston yesterday.

  2. CamFrost

    Three 2nd rounders, likely from a contender, isn’t a bad deal for whoever makes that deal. If I’m Boston, Philly, or either of the LA teams, I’d make that call.

    • bowserhound

      2nd rounders are almost worthless to begin with. The only bad thing about Tucker is he would be a rental.

  3. Reflect

    Didn’t JJ Reddick fetch a first last year when he was also a rental? Or whatever year that was where Philly acquired him via trade.

    • HailRodgers12$

      Explain how.
      If Houston wants picks, and Milwaukee has no room to add salary…

  4. Sillivan

    Trade value

    Ben Simmons > Beal

    Beal is not available for Simmons
    If you directly trade Simmons for Beal
    76ers need to attach 2 Firsts

    Trade idea for 76ers to save 2 Firsts
    Warriors get Simmons
    76ers get Beal
    Wizards get Wiggins and Wolves pick via Warriors

  5. Sillivan

    Rockets have a ton of fake swaps

    Rockets don’t want to trade for fake First any more?

  6. nentwigs

    The Timberpuppies have never really directly gotten any use from their 2nd round picks. Usually they use the 2nd round picks to either: draft and release, draft – stash – and never sign or just trade away. So they might as well continue that pattern since it has brought them so much success. HA HA HA HA HA !

  7. KnickerbockerAl

    I’d take two 2nd rd picks. He’s not resigning. So he’s gone at end of yr. Take the best offer and move on. Why keep anyone who supports Harden.

  8. How is a 35 year old, under-sized forward with a PER of 10.5 worth three 2nd round draft choices?

    I’ll wait.

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