5 Players who might replace P.J. Tucker before the trade deadline

The Clippers are looking to trade P.J. Tucker and want to stay in contention.

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1. Dorian Finney-Smith

Finney-Smith worked his way from undrafted free agent to key starter on a playoff team. He helped the Mavericks reach the conference finals in 2022 and assisted in the Nets holding on to make the playoffs after trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Doe-Doe plays hard and is comfortable filling a 3-and-D role as a starter or coming off the bench.

The Nets have used Finney-Smith at the five plenty this season, but they could acquire P.J. Tucker. The 38-year-old has years of experience as a small ball five. His elite defense next to Mikal Bridges makes Brooklyn a dangerous opponent even if they are still a piece or two away from being true contenders.

The Nets have set a high asking price, but Dorian Finney-Smith was also on the trade block over the summer. They would have to view Tucker as a suitable replacement. Brooklyn could get a bit of draft capital in return and get off some future salary.

Who will the LA Clippers get in return when they trade P.J. Tucker? The veteran wants to play for a contender, which could complicate this trade. Do not be surprised to see it turn into a three-teamer with multiple role players heading in every direction. Only time will tell, so please stay tuned.

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