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P.J. Tucker trade rumors: Ranking the likeliest destinations for the versatile Rockets forward

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So with Tucker on his way out of Houston, let’s take a look at the likelihood of each contender taking a swing on Tucker. Tucker just isn’t needed here, and while the Suns could cobble together the salary to acquire him with youngsters like Jalen Smith and Jevon Carter, they just aren’t going to be motivated enough to do so to bring Tucker back to Phoenix. The likeliest of those seven to serve as matching salary in a Tucker trade would probably be Derrick Favors, as Tucker would presumably take over his backup center minutes, but such a swap would not only remove two-big lineups as a postseason possibility, but it would also force the Jazz to drastically alter their defensive scheme whenever Gobert leaves the game. The question is, if Brooklyn was going to get Tucker, wouldn’t they have done so in the Harden trade? If there was anything else the Rockets wanted from Brooklyn, wouldn’t they have extracted it when they had Harden to dangle as leverage? Spencer Dinwiddie’s expiring salary makes a deal logistically possible, but it just doesn’t seem particularly likely given Tucker’s absence in the first blockbuster between these teams.

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