The Rockets have expressed a desire to get back young players who can assimilate into their rotation and potentially play a role with the club both now and moving forward, as opposed to deals centered solely around picks.
And for the Sixers? Well, they’re trading a non-playing player for a grizzled vet with 50 games of playoff experience who would all but surely be a fixture of their playoff rotation. Tucker can play small ball center in lineups with Simmons sans Embiid, kick it inside to play power forward as a direct backup for Tobias Harris, and potentially even replace Danny Green in the starting five if one player is hot and the other is cold. Either way, swapping out a player who doesn’t play for a legit contributor is an A move by any estimation.