Report: Miami Heat forward PJ Tucker to opt out of contract, enter free agency

Published June 22, 2022, 1:00 AMNBA.com News Services

The 37-year-old could be in high demand by contenders who have seen him compete on the biggest stage in recent years.

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.