NBA Trade News: Toronto Raptors Target PJ Tucker, Markieff Morris
The Toronto Raptors have set their eyes on P.J. Tucker and Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns. Tucker is going to be a free agent in 2017.Advertisement
According to Real GM, the Suns are looking to see a quality draft pick for swingman Tucker. Markieff Morris has been demanding trade for a long time from Phoenix, since his brother was traded to the Detroit Pistons.
Tucker was a second-round draft pick for the Raptors in 2006 when the team acquired Andrea Bargnani. Tucker has groomed overtime as a two-way forward who could replace DeMarre Carroll and James Johnson. But Raptors management are secretive about the trade call, reports the Toronto Sun.
Tucker is on a deal to make $5.5 million this season and is owed $5.3 million next season, but the contract is partially guaranteed if he is waived before June 30. Tucker is a career 35-percent shooter from the three-point range and is a quality defender. Even if Carroll returns to the staring role, Tucker would be an ideal fit in Raptors.
“He makes the job hard but fun at the same time, because it’s a challenge,” DeMar DeRozan said. ESPN’s Marc Stein’s also reported that forward Markieff Morris is also in Toronto’s radar.