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PJ Tucker will not execute his 7.4 million player option

PJ Tucker has decided that he will not continue with the Miami Heat, or at least not under the same contract as last year. The forward has rejected the player option of 7.4 million that would have assured him to continue in Florida, as reported by Shams Charania, a journalist from The Athleticand will explore other options in free agency to determine his next destination.

Tucker signed with the Heat in August 2021 for $14.35 million over two years, the second of which was subject to the aforementioned player option. His decision not to execute it may be due to the desire both to sign a higher figure and to obtain a long-term contract and not just one season, since at 37 years old it is reasonable for him to seek some contractual stability. However, the real reasons only he knows, and we can begin to infer them as soon as we know the next agreement of his.

It is to be hoped that Tucker will arouse the interest of several contenders in the market, as it has been for many years a player of great performance and fantastic in terms of quality-price. His excellent defensive work and physical sacrifice were, without going any further, essential in the ring of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021, and his ability to punish opposing defenses from the 3 points places him well above other more limited defensive specialists in the game. other side of the court, which makes it understandable that many candidates want him in their ranks.

Last year, PJ averaged 7.6 points per game, his best mark since 2016, shooting 41.5% from the three-point range. His presence was undoubtedly one of the aspects that helped Miami to take first place in the East in the regular season, and everything indicates that the Heat, aware of this, will not give him up and will try to keep him in their ranks. through a new contract.

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