How Warriors are affected by reported Tucker trade to Bucks

Tucker, Rockets

He never had much chance of coming to the Warriors this season, but nevertheless, P.J. Tucker appears to be off the trade market.

The Houston Rockets traded Tucker to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a package that includes the teams exchanging first-round draft picks, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported citing league sources.

Tucker long has been a target of Warriors fans, who see his elite defense and capable shooting from 3-point range as an ideal fit for Golden State's second unit.

Tucker and the Rockets reportedly agreed earlier this month to find him a new home with Houston falling all the way out of postseason contention.

Tucker struggled in the 32 games he did play in for the Rockets in 2020-21, averaging just 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds over 30.0 minutes a game.

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Milwaukee has failed to advance to the NBA Finals over the past few seasons despite being a top seed in the Eastern Conference. With reigning two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo firmly amid his prime, the Bucks clearly want to surround him with as much talent as possible to finally get over the hump.

Tucker reportedly was eyeing a number of championship contenders as viable trade destinations, and with the Warriors on the edge of the playoff picture at 20-20, it never was likely Tucker would wind up being dealt to the Bay Area.

He'll now try and help Milwaukee pursue the franchise's first championship since 1970-71.


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