The Houston Rockets are trading PJ Tucker to the Milwaukee Bucks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday evening. The Rockets are also sending F Rodion Kurucs and the Bucks’ 2022 first-round pick back to Milwaukee. The Bucks will give Houston PG DJ Augustin, G/F DJ Wilson and an unprotected 2023 first-round pick. The Rockets also get the rights to swap 2021 second-round picks with the Bucks unless Milwaukee’s first-rounder lands 1-9. Here are all the details per Woj:
Sources: Houston is trading PJ Tucker, Rodions Kurucs and Bucks’ 2022 first-round pick back to Milwaukee for DJ Augustin, DJ Wilson and 2023 unprotected first-round pick. Houston also gets right to swap its 2021 second-round pick for Milwaukee's FRP pick unless it falls 1-9.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2021
As part of the deal, the Bucks are also sending F Torrey Craig to the Phoenix Suns, per Woj.
Clearly the Bucks value another defender on the wing over a backup PG. Milwaukee will operate with a back court of Jrue Holiday and Donte DiVincenzo for the most part the rest of the season. Tucker provides another body in the front court and makes Milwaukee a bit more versatile. The Bucks like to go big with Giannis Antetokounmpo at PF and Brook Lopez at C. We could see lineups featuring Holiday, DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis and Tucker. Chances are Tucker comes off the bench as a 3-and-D type of player.
This move shouldn’t push the needle much in terms of futures odds for the Bucks. It’s definitely a nice bench upgrade. Tucker can spread the floor and defend multiple positions, which is valuable in the postseason. This type of player isn’t exactly what the Bucks have been missing all these seasons and why they haven’t been successful in the playoffs. We should see Milwaukee make a few more moves before the NBA Trade Deadline, which could include adding a body via the free agent buyout market.