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Report: Rockets guaranteeing P.J. Tucker’s salary for next season

Rockets center P.J. Tucker

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) wears his beats headphones before the Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers game on February 06, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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P.J. Tucker sought a contract extension before the season. Understandably, the Rockets didn’t guarantee extra money to a 34-year-old who was already locked up two more years.

Since, Houston has put even more on Tucker’s shoulders.

The Rockets are really leaning into small ball. They depend on 6-foot-5 Tucker as their nominal starting center. He’s battling far bigger players inside every game.

So, Houston is making a small concession.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Rockets didn’t have to guarantee Tucker’s $7,969,537 salary for next season until July 1. By doing it sooner, they risk him getting injured or declining.

But Tucker has been worth way more than that.

It’s probably worth – and just kind – giving him peace of mind.