As recent rumors have surfaced regarding a potential P.J. Tucker reunion with the Milwaukee Bucks, such a reunion has been a hot topic among Bucks fans over the past few days.
Tucker was a fan favorite in Milwaukee despite only playing for the Bucks over the second half of the 2021 season. The LA Clippers and Tucker are on thin ice regarding Tucker's current role with the team, which means a trade away from the organization could be possible, per The Athletic's Shams Charania (subscription required).
Here are three reasons why the Bucks should not pursue a trade for Tucker if the Clippers begin to shop him.
No. 1 - P.J. Tucker is not the same player he was with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021
Although the move to drop Tucker was highly questionable, perhaps the organization saw something that we didn't. Tucker has regressed offensively since his time in Milwaukee.
Tucker has never been known as an offensive threat, but this season, Tucker has been particularly bad. He is averaging career lows in nearly every statistical category. Tucker currently holds averages of 1.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. His shooting has also regressed significantly, averaging 31.6 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three. Of course, Tucker's role has been limited since his trade to the Clippers earlier this season, but the numbers do not show that he is the same player he once was.
Tucker still brings his all on the defensive side of the floor and provides excellent leadership in the locker room. He's built an incredible career from his energy as one of the league's best 3-and-D players, but his offensive production this season has been rough. The question the Bucks will have to ask themselves regarding Tucker is whether or not such offensive minimal output is worth it due to what he can provide them defensively.