Sixers Reveal That PJ Tucker Had Recent Knee Surgery

The newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers is hopefully coming into camp with a clean slate—and a cleaned-out knee joint. The team announced today, on Media Day, that PJ Tucker underwent recent knee surgery.

It was an arthroscopic procedure, and Tucker has already been cleared to play, and will be a full-go for training camp tomorrow. 

Tucker was signed to a 3-year, $33M free agent contract this offseason, as the Sixers scooped him away from the Miami Heat. The hard-nosed 11-year veteran was right near his career averages last year in South Beach, with 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. But his 3-point shooting was at a career-high 41.5%, greatly increasing his value. 

In addition to his tough wing defense and corner 3s, the 6'5" forward may even be bringing another element to the floor for the Sixers this season, out of necessity.

Philly does not have a backup 7-footer behind Joel Embiid for the first time, so coach Doc Rivers has plans to use a number of different players as "backup centers", including Tucker, as well as Paul Reed and another free agent signee Montrezl Harrell. 

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