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P.J. Tucker Hopes To Re-Sign Long-Term With Suns

P.J. Tucker wants to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns when he becomes a free agent in July, but the veteran forward knows a deal will be for a higher price than the veteran-minimum salary he has played for the past two seasons.

"Of course, why would I not?" Tucker said. "They brought me here. I think I exceeded their expectations and mine with what has transpired. Of course, I want to retire a Sun.

Tucker is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Forbes magazine named Tucker the most underpaid player in the league for his $884,000 salary.

"The love I have for this organization will always be," Tucker said. "They gave me a chance to prove myself and actually to prove that I'm a player in this league. It's almost emotional for me to think about everything I've been through and for them to give me an opportunity to do it. Not just to be on the team, but in two seasons, I've started a whole year and a half for the team on a minimum contract. That doesn't happen.

"When I sit back and think about it, which I never do, it's too much. So I'll always be indebted."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic
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