It’s that time of year when NBA trade rumors begin to swirl, and the staff at DallasBasketball.com put a package together involving former Texas Longhorns guard P.J. Tucker.
Tucker played three seasons with Texas, where during his junior season he was a second-team All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year under former head coach Rick Barnes.
In Thursday’s ‘Mavs Donuts,’ Mike Fisher and Dalton Trigg posed a few different trade scenarios for the Dallas Mavericks, who could be looking for talent to augment their roster in advance of the NBA trade deadline on March 25.
Tucker, currently with the Houston Rockets, came up in the story, along with another current Rockets guard, Victor Oladipo.
Why Tucker? Even at age 35, he’s one of those savvy NBA veterans who can fit into any system, play defense and do the ‘dirty work,’ as Fisher and Trigg described it, that some players in the NBA don’t always want to do. If you’re looking for a current Big 12 comparison, think Baylor Bears guard Mark Vital.
Tucker also wouldn’t be nearly as expensive to trade for as Oladipo, a two-time All-Star who ended up in Houston as part of the four-team trade extravaganza that landed James Harden in Brooklyn alongside his former Oklahoma City teammate — and Texas alum — Kevin Durant.
Fisher and Trigg pointed out that the trade may be less attractive to the Mavericks because the Rockets may be looking for draft picks, as opposed to players. The Mavericks have players to deal that would make sense in a trade scenario. But the Mavs would rather not give up a draft pick for Tucker, since their 2021 first-round selection is promised to the New York Knicks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis deal.
In his three seasons at Texas, Tucker put up career numbers of 1,169 points, 714 rebounds, 170 assists and 116 steals at Texas. A former second-round pick for the Toronto Raptors in 2006, Tucker went overseas for several years, earning MVP awards in league championships in both Germany and Israel. He returned to the NBA in 2012 with the Phoenix Suns, returned to Toronto in 2017 and then joined the Rockets later that year as a free agent.
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