Joel Embiid gets his tough guy

At the end of last season, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid wanted the 76ers to find a tough guy, and he mentioned P.J. Tucker.

Here’s what Embiid had to say after losing to Heat in the second round of the playoffs:

“When you have size and toughness, you look at someone like P.J. Tucker,” Embiid said. “A great player, but it’s not about him knocking down shots. It’s about what he does, whether it’s on the defensive end or rebounding the ball.”

Well, wish long and hard, and your dreams might come true.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the 37-year-old Tucker is finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million fully guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 11-year veteran, who won a title in Milwaukee in 2021 before joining the Heat last season, averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 41% from deep in the 2021-22 season. 

“This team is good enough to compete head-to-head with anybody in the league, and I’m going to come in here and do whatever I can to help get us to that next level,” Tucker said via a release from the team announcing the move.. “Philly fans demand greatness and it will be up to us to get to where we need to be in order to accomplish our goals. I’m excited to get to work.”

Tucker can guard multiple positions and is the tough guy Philly needs to compete in the ever-tough Eastern Conference. 

In addition to Tucker, Philly added free agent guard/forward Danuel House, who, according to The Athletic’s Sham Charania, agreed to a deal with the team. Last season, the 29-year-old House spent time with the Rockets, Knicks, and Jazz. In 42 games, House averaged 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per contest.

Also, the 76ers added guard Trevelin Queen, the reigning G League MVP, who finished fifth in scoring at 25.3 points per game while leading the G League in steals with an average of 3.2. Queen helped Rio Grande Valley capture the 2022 NBA G League title.

In 19 games (all starts) with the Vipers, the 25-year-old Queen also averaged 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 35.0 minutes per contest.

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Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant is going to Brooklyn. Durant made the announcement via Instagram. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a four-year, $164 million deal. Durant is expected to miss all of next season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Also, according to Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving is expected to sign with the Nets. It will be a four-year, $141 million deal, according to the report.

Both Durant and Irving’s deals won’t be official until July 6.

With Irving and Durant in the fold, the Nets will be formidable for years to come. However, next season, they are probably not a championship caliber team because Durant is expected to miss next season, but it’s still happy times in Brooklyn.

Report: Iguodala returns to Warriors

Coming into free agency, there was some thought that Golden State could lose one or more of their key bench players. Well, Shaun Livingston and David West are reportedly returning, and now, so is Andre Iguodala. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Iguodala will be returning to Golden State on a three-year, $48 million deal. 

Iguodala, 33, does so much for the Warriors. He defends; he scores a little, and just makes the Warriors better.  

Iguodala reportedly met with the Spurs, Lakers, Kings, and Rockets, but he decided to return to Golden State. 

This is huge for the Warriors!

Report: Ricky Rubio traded to Jazz

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the Minnesota Timberwolves will send Ricky Rubio to Utah for a 2018 first-round pick. It has been rumored for weeks that Rubio could be on the move. The 26-year-old Rubio averaged 11 ppg and 9 apg last season for Minnesota.

This means that soon to be free agent guard George Hill will probably not return to Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

 

 

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