Toronto Raptors: 3 possible 2021 NBA trade deadline targets

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Houston Rockets: P.J. Tucker, New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson
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2. Raptors trade target: P.J. Tucker

After a long and successful tenure alongside James Harden in Houston, P.J. Tucker is now a tradeable asset for the seemingly rebuilding Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have gone into the All-Star break on a 13-game losing streak and it seems like the Rockets are ready to now off-load the veterans on the roster. Starting with waiving DeMarcus Cousins, “low balling” Victor Oladipo, and likely trading P.J. Tucker.

According to Kevin O’Connor, the Rockets have been listening to trade calls from other teams.

"The Rockets have received calls from a wide number of teams for Oladipo, Eric Gordon, and P.J. Tucker."

We all know what Tucker provides to a team, leadership, toughness, 3-point shooting and a defensive wing who can hold his own guarding centers.

Tucker has had a poor year by his standards (career-low in field goal percentage), but the turmoil in the locker room during the Harden saga and adjusting to playing without a historically ball-dominant guard may excuse his overall season output in some executives’ eyes.

Tucker makes close to $8 million this season so a straight swap for Baynes plus some second-round picks maybe the offer that Masai Ujiri is willing to offer. The Rockets have waived Cousins so Baynes would be a nice mentor and back-up for Christain Wood once he returns.