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Suns trade Tucker to the Raptors

The Phoenix Suns traded small forward P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for power forward Jared Sullinger, a 2017 2nd round pick, and a 2018 2nd round pick.

Suns grade:

P.J. Tucker has been a decent role player with the Suns for years, but Tucker is 31 years old and he is about to hit free agency which is why it made sense for the Suns to get something in return for him. The team will likely just waive Jared Sullinger, so Phoenix is getting basically two 2nd round picks in exchange for Tucker. The 2nd round picks might not amount to much, but it at least gives the Suns two chances to draft a decent young player with potential. It’s not a huge return for the Suns, although the Suns weren’t going to re-sign Tucker anyway and they did a good job of getting a good return for him.

Grade: B+

Raptors grade:

Giving up two 2nd round picks and Jared Sullinger won’t hurt the Raptors much, but that is still a lot to give up for two months of P.J. Tucker. I’ve never really been a big fan of Tucker as he doesn’t provide much of anything especially offensively as a role player. However, he does add a lot of effort and defensive ability to the Raptors. We’ll see what type of impact he makes with Toronto, but giving up two 2nd round picks isn’t really worth it for a player that probably won’t make much of an impact.

Grade: C-

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