Disgruntled vet could make perfect Denver Nuggets addition

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PJ Tucker, who is apparently none-too-pleased with his role with the LA Clippers, could make for a great addition for the Denver Nuggets.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Tucker is frustrated with the lack of playing time he's seeing in LA.

"Forward P.J. Tucker has expressed frustration about his current situation with the team, and both sides are discussing ways to resolve a role for him there or elsewhere, according to league sources," Charania wrote.

He added that multiple contending teams are "monitoring" Tucker's situation with the Clippers.

Why would PJ Tucker be a great addition for the Denver Nuggets?

After a turbulent November, the Nuggets have started to find their footing a bit here in December. As of Dec. 15, they are riding a three-game win streak and have won seven of their last 10.

However, when things were bad, they were bad. A lot of that can be chalked up to Jamal Murray's hamstring injury, but at the same time, the team's lack-of-depth was exposed pretty badly.

Heading into the season, there were lots of questions surrounding Denver's bench after they lost both Bruce Brown and Jeff Green in free agency. Both veteran wings played a key role in the Nuggets' run to the title last spring.

Christian Braun has had to take on a larger role this season and has been okay. He's averaging 8.7 points per game on 48.1/38.6 shooting splits in 26 appearances as a reserve.

Aside from him, Denver hasn't gotten a whole lot of consistency from their bench. The likes of Peyton Watson, Julian Strawther, and Zeke Nnaji haven't been able to string enough inspired play together to earn more minutes.

While Tucker isn't the consistent three-and-D player that he once was with the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks, he would still bring an added toughness to the Nuggets, as well as some extra veteran leadership.

If Denver was to go after Tucker, the move would likely come in the buyout market. His $10 million contract with a player option for next season isn't something that they'd be looking to offload players in order to match salary for.