Clippers expected to part ways with former NBA champion

As the Los Angeles Clippers officially put the Paul George era behind them, they are ready to make another change to their roster.

Law Murray of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the Clippers are expected to part ways with veteran forward PJ Tucker. As for Tucker, either a trade or a waive-and-stretch scenario is possible, Murray adds.

Tucker, a former NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021, came to LA as part of the James Harden trade with the Philadelphia 76ers last November. Although Tucker has seen plenty of use throughout his career as a rugged 3-and-D role player, it's clear he was just a tax for the Clippers when they signed Harden. Tucker only made 30 appearances for the Clippers all year (regular season and playoffs) and was very frustrated with the team after being taken out of the rotation mid-season. He even tried to force a trade at one point and was ultimately sent home by the Clippers.

Although Tucker later played a few minutes in the Clippers' first-round loss to the Dallas Mavericks (and hit 36.7 percent of his threes for the year), it's clear he doesn't have much left to offer. At 39, Tucker's dismal Clippers averages of 1.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last year suggest his time in the NBA is quickly coming to an end.

Tucker recently took a risk and exercised his player option for next season worth $11.5 million. But since this is also the final year of Tucker's contract, the Clippers can now cut ties with him much more easily. With the Clippers also adding more veterans to their frontcourt in recent days, the stage is set for Tucker's inevitable departure.