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NBA Rumor Central: Celtics have 'deep interest' in P.J. Tucker

The Boston Celtics have expressed interest in P.J. Tucker ahead of the trade deadline. Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

While many have speculated on what sort of blockbuster deal the Boston Celtics might try to pull off before Thursday, the Celtics have possibly settled on a more attainable target.

Rumor CentralSean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that the Celtics have a "deep interest" in Phoenix Suns swingman P.J. Tucker as a low-cost alternative to a star such as Jimmy Butler.

The Celtics, currently sitting in the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference and atop the Atlantic Division, have the assets to pull off a major trade but have balked at demands to part with the last-place Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick. Tucker would require much less to acquire and provide depth for a Celtics team that is looking to make a deep playoff run.

Tucker, 31, is in the last year of a three-year, $16.5 million deal that he signed with Phoenix in 2014. Tucker is mostly known as a tough defender who can guard multiple positions. He is a career 34.7 percent 3-point shooter and averages 6.o rebounds per game this season, solid numbers for the 6-foot-6 wing.

-- Sam Henken