Even though P.J. Tucker might not get the deal he wants from the Rockets, he does have a big fan in his court in former teammate Chris Paul..  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Rockets guard Chris Paul says Houston should give P.J. Tucker a contract extension, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Tucker’s $7.97 million salary for next season is not guaranteed, and Houston has to make a decision whether to make that guarantee by the start of free agency. Tucker has been playing center in a very undersized lineup in recent games.

We have more from the Western Conference:

  • Guard Malik Beasley has been rejuvenated by getting traded to the Timberwolves, Mike Singer of the Denver Post points out. Beasley was a victim of the Nuggets’ depth but he’s now getting steady minutes with Minnesota, which will pump up his value entering restricted free agency. “It’s good to see him have the opportunity and take advantage of it,” former teammate Jamal Murray said.
  • Reclamation projects such as Marquese Chriss are the types of players the Warriors will need to improve their roster, according to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. Chriss can eventually complement the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green by running the floor, finishing at the rim and rebounding, Thompson continues. Chriss has been especially productive since signing a two-year, $2.5 million deal and that’s significant, since the Warriors won’t have salary-cap space to upgrade their roster by many other methods for at least two more seasons, Thompson adds.
  • The All-Star Game provided a glimpse of how dominant the Lakers would have been if Kawhi Leonard had signed with them instead of the Clippers, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times notes. The trio of Leonard, LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 27 of Team LeBron’s first 30 points. “I didn’t really go there mentally,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “It was an All-Star game. It’s an exhibition. I had fun with that aspect of it, but I love my Lakers team.”

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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