A low-key and steady wing contributor, Tucker has thrived in Phoenix over the past few seasons without really getting the credit his play has deserved.
At 31, Tucker has been around the block in the NBA and carries a nice mix of proven experience and more than enough still left in the tank to allow him to be a good role player for a number of years to come.
As a starter with the Suns for the best part of three seasons now, prizing Tucker away from Phoenix would be no easy task. Still, with no real path to instant contention and backcourt minutes spilling over on to the wings between Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Devin Booker, it’s not an impossible goal.
Tucker hits free agency next summer so it wouldn’t be wise to give up too much to get him, but he’s just the kind of player who could fill in perfectly in Middleton’s absence and still carry real importance in the rotation for the longer term if he could be convinced to stay on.