PJ Tucker will reportedly add his name to this summer’s pool of available free agents.
The 37-year-old Miami Heat forward is set to opt out of his current contract, foregoing the $7.4 million in its remaining year, and enter unrestricted free agency per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Tucker, who played a key role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2021 title run and Miami’s appearance in the 2022 Eastern Conference finals, could be in high demand for contenders in need of a rugged defender well-versed in guarding the league’s best frontcourt players.
Originally a second-round pick in 2006, Tucker followed his brief rookie campaign with a five-year stint overseas before carving out a permanent NBA niche with relentless effort on defense and a vastly improved 3-point shot.
The 6-foot-5 veteran averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 41.5% on 3-pointers last season for Miami, which came within one game of making the Finals before losing to Boston.