As I wrote earlier, P.J. Tucker would be a great fit with the Grizzlies. A player that works hard on defense and can shoot well from the outside is exactly what we need. At this point, the only thing revolving around the Grizzlies’ interest is speculation:
Tucker confirmed that he has heard the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in his services, but he said it’s basically hearsay at this point.
“Free agency, being in this position, there’s so much going on,” the three-year NBA pro said. “Before it happens, you don’t know — because nobody can talk to anybody until a certain date. So you don’t know for sure what’s going on.”
The Grizzlies are likely uncertain about their stability at the small forward position, as the spot was mostly occupied by a pair of 34-year-olds, Tayshaun Prince and Mike Miller, in the 2013-14 season. Quincy Pondexter emerged as a solid bench player two seasons ago for Memphis, but he only played 15 games last year before suffering a stress fracture in his foot and undergoing surgery.
If the Grizzlies really are looking at signing Tucker, it means they’re searching for someone younger to fill the role that Prince has played for the team over the past season and a half.
When asked if he’s interested in Memphis making an offer, Tucker replied, “I hope.”
Depending on what his asking price will be should determine how realistic it is for Memphis to pursue him. His age is a factor that will taken into account, as he will turn 30 during the ’15 season. Tucker most recently played for the Suns and averaged about 9 points and 6.5 rebounds.