The Brooklyn Nets will revamp the roster in preparations for the 2021-22 season. PJ Tucker is reportedly a player they are willing to pursue according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. Tucker was a player Brooklyn was trying to acquire in the blockbuster trade for James Harden. Of course, the Nets failed to do so and Milwaukee capitalized on it in March. The Bucks traded D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson and a first-round pick in 2023 in the trade.
The 36-year-old veteran has been a vital piece for the Bucks on their road to the Finals. His scrappy defense on Kevin Durant and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get a stop is one of the reasons why he is respected around the league by his peers. Devin Booker, Tucker’s former teammate in Phoenix, raved about how the former Longhorn inspired him in his time on the Suns. Just seeing how he prides himself on the defensive end made Booker want to become a better defender.
For that reason, it will be difficult for the Nets to pursue PJ Tucker. In essence, they will have to steal him away from the Bucks when he becomes a free agent. Milwaukee has control over his bird rights so they will be able to go over the cap to re-sign him. That means offering him over $12 million will be necessary to convince Tucker to stay. Nets GM Sean Marks is most likely not offering that much money to acquire the veteran. However, if the Bucks don’t do this, the Nets’ chances of acquiring Tucker will very much become reality.