Even with Serge Ibaka on board, the Toronto Raptors aren’t finished yet, but should they make a move for former draft pick P.J. Tucker?
With Terrence Ross gone, the Raptors don’t really have the pieces to sign any more big name players. However, with another first round draft pick and a decent pool of prospects available, candidates such as Tucker are feasible.
The speculation is that the 31-year old is going to draw some interest as the deadline approaches. However, this was apparently the case this time last year and nothing materialized.
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Regardless, is Tucker the type of player the Raptors should be considering? He’s an interesting possibility, especially given the fact Toronto previously selected him in the second round of the 2006 draft.
At the time, the Raleigh, North Carolina native did little to impress the organization, and he was waived less than a year later. He went to Europe and played in Israel and Germany, before returning to the NBA in 2012, with the Phoenix Suns.
Tucker was a regular starter in Phoenix until this season, with the Suns now preferring to mostly use him off the bench. With season averages of 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, he would provide excellent depth for the Raptors, as part of their second unit.
One factor which could well play a part in any potential interest, is the small forward’s contract. As with Ibaka, he will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2016-17 campaign.
Overall, Tucker is definitely worth considering and would undoubtedly strengthen the team. Whether the Raptors’ front office make a move for him remains to be seen, but it will be an interesting period between now and next Thursday.
If you were in the Raptors’ position, would you make a move for Tucker? If not, what would you like to see them do between now and the trade deadline? Share your thoughts in the comments section.