This offseason was a mess for the Houston Rockets and after years of being near the top of the Western Conference, it may be time for them to start rebuilding. The Rockets started their offseason “garage sale” by trading Robert Covington to the Portland Trail Blazers, and then things got crazy when both Russell Westbrook and James Harden both requested trades. PJ Tucker could be next on the trade block.
The Rockets gave up Chris Paul, two first-round picks, and two pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook last year and now, after just one season in Houston, the Rockets moved Westbrook to the Wizards for a future first-round pick and John Wall. Ultimately, the Rockets traded Paul, two first-round picks, and two pick swaps in exchange for John Wall, who has not played since 2018, and a protected first-round pick.
The Westbrook trade ended up turning into a nightmare for the Rockets and with everything going on, Harden wants nothing to do with the organization anymore and is doing his best to make them mad at him so they will trade him. This team is just in shambles right now and as a result, Tucker could be on the move sooner rather than later.
At this point, the Rockets need to realize that they have no shot at keeping this team as a playoff contender and as a result, need to do everything they can to gain assets now to build for the future. Tucker is turning 36 years old this season and with him in the back-half of his career, they might as well try and get a first-round pick for him seeing as they no longer have any chance to win a title.
With the entire Rockets’ roster up for sale, here are four teams who should make a play to trade for PJ Tucker at some point this season.