REPORT: PJ Tucker Expected To Leave Heat For 76ers In Free Agency

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The Philadelphia 76ers remain focused on building around Joel Embiid and James Harden as they seek to achieve their NBA championship aspirations.

Tucker decided to decline his $7.4M player option to enter free agency this offseason. Given he is set to be 38 late next May, locking in a long-term deal would be the best way to play out what likely could be the final contract of his NBA career.

As the start of free agency nears, the 76ers are expected to be Tucker’s landing spot in free agency, a league source tells NBA Analysis Network. Other reports (first from Marc Stein of The Stein Line) have suggested a three-year, $30 million contract offer is what he’s expected to sign.

PJ Tucker is coming off a 2021-22 season with averages of 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists after 71 performances with the Miami Heat. He shot an impressive 48.4 percent from the floor and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. He still appears to have plenty left in the tank.

LATEST NBA NEWS AND TRADE RUMORS: PJ Tucker To Receive Bold Contract Offer From Philadelphia 76ers

Given the Philadelphia 76ers already have Tobias Harris and Georges Niang to play the four and they are both signed for the 2022-23 season, it will be intriguing to see what they decide to do personnel-wise.

The 76ers still are expected to pursue trade talks involving Harris. Given the expected addition of Tucker, it would be beneficial to move Harris’ salary if the right return were to be available. Given he is set to earn $37.6M during the 2022-23 season, it may be a real challenge to find a suitor.

LATEST NBA NEWS AND TRADE RUMORS: PJ Tucker To Receive Bold Contract Offer From Philadelphia 76ers

As for the Miami Heat, they will need to replace Tucker in free agency. They have found a lot of success by trusting players on the margins to fill rotation roles. If any team is equipped to overcome the departure of a key role player, it would be them.

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