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P.J. Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets.

The Brooklyn Nets’ 121-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday keeps them in the semifinals with the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Eastern Conference.

And with the NBA trade deadline approaching on the 25th. March, another potentially significant event unfolded for the Nets on Thursday night in another NBA arena.

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The Nets are looking for PJ Tucker.

P.J. Tucker did not play in Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Tucker and the Rockets have agreed that he will not be part of the team in the future, and both sides are working on a solution, coach Steven Silas said after the game, according to ESPN.

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Tucker is becoming increasingly frustrated about not being traded to a contender.

According to Wojnarowski, the Nets – along with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat – are among the teams that have discussed potential deals with the Rockets in recent weeks.

Woj went into more detail about Tucker’s situation:

So far, the Rockets’ preference for a young, productive rotational player has been a stumbling block for teams unwilling to part with such an asset for a 35-year-old whose contract is expiring, sources said.

Tucker traveled with the Rockets to Sacramento and warmed up before the game, but was not on the bench with the team. He wasn’t listed on the injury report.

He decided he just wasn’t in the mood, so we thought it was a good idea, Silas said, adding that Tucker would return to Houston rather than stay on the Rockets’ road. Let’s go.

How Tucker fits into the networks of

Tucker is the epitome of a 3-D player, shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range in his career and being exceptionally versatile as a top defender. He has been described as the undeniable glue of the Rockets, and as a tough defender who plays a vital role in the locker room. And while the 35-year-old is one of the oldest players in the league – he was the eighth oldest player on the NBA roster in the 2020-21 season – he also has plenty of stamina. Since the 2012-13 season. Tucker, who stands 6-foot-4, has played in the most games in the NBA.

All of this makes him a perfect fit for the Nets, who have been defending better lately, but still need to improve in this area.

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The Nets and Rockets struck a big four-way deal in January to bring James Harden to Brooklyn, so knowledge of the front offices could help here. Tucker’s familiarity with Harden could also be known. Two overlapped in Houston for three seasons.

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Spencer Dinwiddie, a first class bargaining chip

The Nets’ best asset remains Spencer Dinwiddie, who suffered a partially torn ACL in late December. The six-foot-tall goalkeeper is making progress in his rehabilitation – posting regular updates on his social media – and is not ruling out a return later this season.

Not only would the Nets buy Dinwiddie, but there has been a lot of interest in him. Shams Charania of The Athletic recently reported that several teams have pursued Dinwiddie in trade talks. Teams have an added incentive to trade for Dinwiddie to get his Bird rights and offer him a five-year max contract in free agency, as Charania notes.

Bleacher Report’s Greg Schwartz thinks Tucker is a perfect fit in Brooklyn. He wrote the article on the 12th. February:

Brooklyn should focus on cheap players who can boost the defense.

Reuniting PJ Tucker with Harden would be a dream goal. The Nets can use the Spencer Dinwiddie deal for salary compensation and still have a collection of second round picks to use as collateral.

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