P.J. Tucker established himself as one of Houston Rockets’ most important players in recent years, and now he wants to be treated like one. According to The Athletic, Tucker is looking to get a contract extension from the Rockets, and he wants it “now.”
Tucker signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Rockets in 2017, and currently has two more years left on his contract. The reason why the 34-year-old is pushing for an extension right now is the fact that the upcoming season is his last guaranteed year with 2020/21 being only partially guaranteed.
“It’s now,” – Tucker said when asked when he would like to get a contract extension. “It’s time for my extension right now, so we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. I’m optimistic, we’ll see.”
Reportedly, there is an interest from both sides to get a new deal done in the near future, so Tucker might have his long-term future sorted out soon.
P.J Tucker is labeled as “the heart and soul” of the Rockets, and he is a major part of the things that Rockets do. He fits perfectly into coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, and his defensive tenacity alongside his ability to play multiple positions and hit three-pointers was a significant part of Houston’s success in past years.
Tucker ended the past season averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. His production increased in the playoffs, as he had 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.