On Tuesday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tied the Sixers to PJ Tucker of the Miami Heat. Tucker, a former teammate of James Harden from his Rocket days, had a fantastic back-to-back playoff for the 2022 Heat and 2021 Milwaukee Bucks Championships, as a 3D forward.
Joel Embiid highly praised Tucker after the Sixers were eliminated in six games against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat:
Harrison Grimm analyzed this scenario, and it was rumored that another former Hardins co-worker Eric Gordon might be on the move as well.
Now according to a late night report from Philadelphia Inquirer Keith Pompey, there is more information on Tucker’s scenario.
Per Pompeii, on his #report flow:
Now, league sources have confirmed, the CEO is hunting ex-Houston forward PJ Tucker. Sources also said the Sixers are looking to make a three-team trade that could include Matisse Thybulle and the 23rd pick to create a space. Sources said the Sixers are trying to trade-in Tobias Harris, but are having a hard time getting teams to sign his lucrative contract….”
Multiple sources have Sixers intend to provide [Tucker] Three-year contract worth $30 million. Time will tell what will happen. But a source added that Tucker, 37, and the Sixers had a common interest.
Things could change before the free agency begins at 6 p.m. on June 30, but league executives believe there’s a good chance Tucker will become one of the Sixer.”
The piece also indicated that the Sixers currently don’t have much room to make this work, so they need to change some kind of trade, and balance the report by adding that a source close to the Sixers actually refutes the idea that Philadelphia is interested in acquiring Tucker.
So maybe the Sixers were shooting for Tucker, maybe they weren’t. And perhaps if they make an offer, the Heat will swing a similar offer, tempted to stay in South Beach, where there is a favorable tax situation.
Who really knows. But as Forbes’ Brian Toporek pointed out on Twitter, the mere idea that The Sixers could put up a show like this means they’re exploring ways to take out a mid-level non-tax exception.
The non-tax median level is about $4 million more than the average level exemption for a taxpayer.
So it’s possible for the Sixers to explore ways to free up some cover space (or more specifically, a room under The Apron) to explore the free agents.
If things didn’t work out for Tucker and it was the start of free agency, Harrison Grimm considered some other goals Philadelphia could consider.
Jackson gave Frank a glimpse of Gary Harris who is also an interesting name, Gary Payton Jr who just won a championship, Wes Matthews, as well as the Martin Twins. Check out these.
We’ll likely know more about capping after Thursday’s NBA draft. We wouldn’t be surprised if they traded their choice. Apparently, the only people who didn’t get calls from Daryl Morey about choosing no. 23 and one of Danny Green or Matisse Thybulle are those whose phones have switched off:
Woog just joked that Daryl Morey had featured No. 23 and Matisse Thybulle for every NBA team. It was said if you’re a GM and this bundle and/or Danny Green isn’t shown, your phone will turn off.
“I think there’s a very good chance the selection will be elsewhere on draft night.”
– Adam Aronson (@SixersAdam) June 22 2022