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P.J. Tucker - SG/SF, 6'6, 245
Houston Rockets - Signed as a free agent in July 2017
       Date of birth: 05/05/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 35th pick, 2006
     Out of: Texas
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right

2006 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 35th overall by Toronto.
25th July, 2006 NBA Signed a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Toronto. Included team option for 2007/08.
5th January, 2007 D-League Assigned by Toronto to Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
5th February, 2007 D-League Recalled by Toronto from Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
5th March, 2007 D-League Assigned by Toronto to Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
24th March, 2007 D-League Recalled by Toronto from Colorado 14ers of the D-League.
25th March, 2007 NBA Waived by Toronto.
21st August, 2007 Israel Signed a one year contract with Hapoel Holon.
3rd September, 2008 Ukraine Signed a one year contract with BC Donetsk.
8th October, 2009 Ukraine Re-signed by BC Donetsk for the remainder of the season.
14th January, 2010 Ukraine Left BC Donetsk when the team folded due to bankruptcy.
4th March, 2010 Israel Signed for the remainder of the season with Bnei Hasharon.
24th August, 2010 Greece Signed a two year contract with Aris Thessaloniki.
3rd March, 2011 Greece Left Aris Thessaloniki.
29th April, 2011 Italy Signed for the remainder of the season with Montegranaro.
18th June, 2011 Puerto Rico Signed for the remainder of the season with Quebradillas.
29th July, 2011 Germany Signed a one year contract with Brose Baskets Bamberg.
27th June, 2012 Russia Signed a one year contract with Spartak St Petersburg.
24th July, 2012 Russia Left Spartak St Petersburg.
31st July, 2012 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Phoenix.
23rd July, 2014 NBA Re-signed by Phoenix to a partially guaranteed three year, $16.5 million contract.
23rd February, 2017 NBA Traded by Phoenix to Toronto in exchange for Jared Sullinger, a 2017 second round pick (#54, Alec Peters) and a 2018 second round pick.
6th July, 2017 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed four year, $31,878,148 contract with Houston.
When: Where:
2003 - 2006 Texas (NCAA)
July 2006 Toronto Raptors (Summer League)
July 2006 - March 2007 Toronto Raptors (NBA)
July 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
August 2007 - June 2008 Hapoel Holon (Israel)
July 2008 Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
September 2008 - January 2010 BC Donetsk (Ukraine)
March 2010 - June 2010 Bnei Hasharon (Israel)
July 2010 Charlotte Bobcats (Summer League)
August 2010 - March 2011 Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)
April 2011 - June 2011 Montegranaro (Italy)
June 2011 - July 2011 Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
July 2011 - June 2012 Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany)
June 2012 - July 2012 Spartak St Petersburg (Russia)
July 2012 Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
July 2012 - February 2017 Phoenix Suns (NBA)
February 2017 - June 2017 Toronto Raptors (NBA)
July 2017 - present Houston Rockets (NBA)
From blog:

   2010 Summer League Rosters: Charlotte Bobcats

Another former Raptors draft pick, Tucker spent a year and a half in the Ukraine with BC Donetsk, winning a Ukrainian championship in his first year. While leading the Ukranian Superleague about halfway through his second season, however, Donetsk went bankrupt, and were folded. Tucker had to find a new team, and will probably never find all those paychecks he is still owed.

Tucker improved his jumpshot a bit in the Ukraine, but it disappeared again in Israel. He is the same player he ever was; a 6'5 rebounder and defender without a great jumpshot, but who'll do a decent impression of an entry level Bonzi Wells. Players like this just need one person to love them for them to stick in the NBA - the somewhat similar Trenton Hassell just finished up $27 million contract - yet Tucker has not had this yet.

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   DeMar DeRozan thrives in the arcane, but can he make his team better from there?

[...] And then, of course, there is the defensive end, to which DeRozan pays less and less attention. Recent acquisition P.J. Tucker alluded to DeRozan's minimal defensive impact in his post game interview after the Raptors's recent win versus the Detroit Pistons - Tucker, it must be remembered, was brought in to play wing defense partly because DeRozan could not or would not do it.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 67

- P.J. Tucker

Like Clay Tucker, P.J. Tucker has had problems with Ukrainian teams recently. Tucker's problems are rather easy to define; his team folded. Tucker began the season with BC Donetsk, starting his second year with the team after being named a Ukrainian League All-Star (and Slam Dunk champion) in his first. But after 20 games with the team this year across all competitions, Donetsk were folded due to bankruptcy. They were leading the Superleague at the time.

After the bankruptcy, Tucker returned to Israeli, the league in which he won a title in 2007-08. He signed with Bnei Hasharon and has averaged 18.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 10 contests. Tucker has shot only 4-17 from three point range for Hasharon, and three of those makes came in the same game. But in his twenty games for Donetsk, Tucker shot 17/37 from down there. For a man whose outside jumpshot is regarded as his undermining weakness, this is good progress.

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   Unexpected winning is fine, but long-term planning matters most

[...] Similarly, Phoenix's strong start should not mean a change in philosophy away from the youth movement. Should their very early success continue and they find themselves firmly in the playoff hunt, the to-do list should nonetheless read the same as it did before the season tipped off. If he was to be shopped before, Channing Frye should still be shopped, and P.J. Tucker should be prepared to be packaged with him if need be. It is not a slant on the performance or talent of either of the pair. Indeed, if anything, it's an endorsement. If it looks as though they can help Phoenix with a playoff push, then they can help any contending team with theirs too, thus helping their value on the market.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto

P.J. Tucker
SG/SF, 6’6, 245lbs, 32 years old, 6 years of experience

Brought in to shore up the perimeter defence at the forward positions, Tucker did a very good job of keeping players in front, being physical and guarding the post. He gave up some threes in the process, but he did the job that was asked of him defensively, along with crashing the board and spotting up from outside fairly well (from the corners and straight-in, at least). Entering free agency, money is needed elsewhere, and Carroll at his best minimises Tucker’s role. Perhaps even Anunoby can fill it. But for cheap, Tucker is a good candidate to re-sign.

Player Plan: Entering free agency off of a $5.3 million contract, which is the right sort of price for a couple of years to a player of his calibre and age. This is fair even with the addition of Anunoby.

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