P.J. Tucker trade grades: What this means for the Bucks’ title chances

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  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

The Milwaukee Bucks have added a key player to their frontcourt rotation, acquiring P.J. Tucker in a trade with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Bucks also receive Rodions Kurucs and their own 2022 first-round pick back, with D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson and a 2023 unprotected first-round pick headed to Houston. Milwaukee is sending forward Torrey Craig to the Phoenix Suns, as well.

After Tucker’s shaky start to the season, what should the Bucks expect from him in the playoffs? How did Houston and Phoenix do here?

Kevin Pelton breaks down the deal and hands out his trade grades.

The deal

Bucks get: P.J. Tucker, Rodions Kurucs and their own 2022 first-round pick

Rockets get: D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson, a 2023 unprotected first-round pick and 2021 swap rights

Suns get: Torrey Craig

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