P.J. Tucker helped the Bucks win a title during his short stint. Now he'll sign with the Miami Heat.


It was a short but memorable tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks for P.J. Tucker.

The 6-foot-5 forward played a key role in the Bucks' run to the NBA championship after being acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets in mid-March.

Now Tucker is moving on.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Tucker will sign a two-year, $15 million contract with the Miami Heat. The second year is a player option, per Charania.

Tucker could have signed a larger deal with the Bucks, who held his Bird rights and could have gone over the salary cap by inking Tucker.

Tucker seemed to hint that he expected to return to Milwaukee next season with a post on Instagram.

His message began: “Wow. I’m still a little lost for words to be honest. Still in shock, but it is what it is. Today took a hard turn on the road of my career, but like my grandma used to tell me...all you can control is what you can control.”

After landing with the Bucks, the 36-year-old Tucker missed 10 games with a calf injury. He averaged just 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20 regular-season games.

But Tucker proved invaluable during the playoffs as a versatile defensive player. He had a memorable battle with Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant in the second round and proclaimed the Bucks a team full of "dogs."

That became part of Tucker's rallying cry in the Finals and in the celebration of the Bucks' title afterward.