PJ Tucker will remain a Phoenix Sun
Seemingly out of the blue, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly agreed to sign P.J. Tucker to a new contract...$16.5 million over a three year period. The third year also apparently includes a non guaranteed $3.8 million as part of the deal.
The #Suns have agreed to a three-year, $16.5M contract with restricted free agent P.J. Tucker. They keep their leader and top defender.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 10, 2014
P.J. Tucker has not signed his 3-year, $16.5M deal with the #Suns yet but the agreement includes a non-guaranteed $3.8M in the third year.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 11, 2014
More clearly stated, $3.8M of P.J. Tucker's third-year salary will not be guaranteed. That is not a $16.5M contract's 3rd-year salary. #Suns— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 11, 2014
Tucker had expressed his interest in staying with Phoenix, and it looks like both sides will be able to make it work in what seems to be a very reasonable deal for the Suns.
The deal has not been finalized yet, but all indications are that Tucker and the Suns have made an agreement.
Good for P.J...Great for Phoenix and the Suns' fans.
A win-win all around
No word yet if he intends to keep his word about playing for the Suns' Summer League team.
In an interesting turn of events, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Suns are meeting today with restricted free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas.
It appears that the first meeting involving the Suns and a free agent from outside the organization will be with Isaiah Thomas.
Restricted free agent guard Isaiah Thomas visiting Suns today, sources tell Yahoo. Suns looking to build on deep backcourt.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2014
The 5'9 shoot-first point guard enjoyed a stellar season in 2013/14, posting career highs of 20.3 PPG and 6.3 APG, with a PER of 20.5.
This is certainly surprising news considering that the Suns already have Goran Dragic and their own restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe in the fold, plus the first-round draft pick they just used on Tyler Ennis. Are they looking to turn the Slash Bros into a triumvirate? Is this a prelude to another (bigger?) trade? Will the 2014/15 Phoenix Suns consist entirely of point guards?