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NBA: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets reach 4-year, $32M deal

By The Sports Xchange
Former Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) is fouled in the first half at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. File photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Former Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) is fouled in the first half at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. File photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

Free agent forward P.J. Tucker agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports.

Tucker met with the Toronto Raptors once free agency started at 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday, but he talked to members of the Rockets, including All-Star James Harden, The Vertical reported.

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The fourth year of the deal is a partial guarantee, sources told ESPN. The Raptors reportedly offered three years and $33 million.

The new contract doesn't become official until the free agency moratorium is lifted at noon ET on July 6.

New Rockets point guard Chris Paul also helped recruit Tucker to Houston, according to ESPN. The two players have been close since growing up in North Carolina.

The Raptors acquired the 32-year-old Tucker from the Phoenix Suns at the February trade deadline. He is a top defender who averaged 6.7 points, 5.8 rebounds 1.4 steals in 81 games for the Suns and Raptors last season.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Tucker holds career averages of 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.

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The Rockets quickly agreed to a deal with Tucker after Andre Iguodala, who met with Houston earlier Saturday, came to terms to return to the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN.

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