The Sixers have issued a qualifying offer to Rayjon Tucker, a source confirmed Monday to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Spotrac’s Keith Smith first reported the news.
Tucker, who was a two-way contract player for the Sixers last season, is now a restricted free agent. The 23-year-old can sign an offer sheet with any team in the NBA, but the Sixers would be able to keep him by matching any offers. He could also accept the Sixers’ qualifying offer.
The 6-foot-3 Tucker split the 2020-21 season between the Sixers and Delaware Blue Coats, the team’s G League affiliate. The Blue Coats made a run to the G League Finals and Tucker was among their standouts, recording 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He was outside of the Sixers’ regular rotation, appearing in 14 games and averaging 2.4 points and 0.8 rebounds.
Before joining the Sixers, Tucker spent the 2019-20 season with the Jazz organization.
“The last couple months, it’s a blessing to get an opportunity to be back on a roster, whether it’s a two-way or an actual spot, to really just get in the gym, work on my game and be around guys doing it at the highest level,” he said in March. “The Sixers being No. 1 in the East, it’s a blessing just to be a part of this group.”
Tobias Harris referred to the high-leaping, physical Tucker as one of his “sparring partners” along with Paul Reed, crediting the two for helping him hone his post-up game through intense defense before and after practices.
“They’re both guys that like to get physical," Harris said. “Those have been my sparring guys that I’ve been working with. We have a lot of fun. We talk a lot of junk when we play in those types of games.”