Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker Signs New Sneaker Deal with Nike

The NBA’s most hyped sneaker free agency of the year is officially over. Houston Rockets forward and noted shoe enthusiast P.J. Tucker has officially re-signed with Nike on a multi-year deal.

P.J., whose previous contract with the Swoosh expired in October, announced his decision on social media with a letter to “The Shoe Game” via Uninterrupted.

To The Shoe Game,

My taste in sneakers came from my experiences growing up. I would literally get two pair of shoes a year: for my birthday and to start school, and that did two things. For one, it made me value each pair of shoes I got. I had to make sure they lasted as long as possible. But even more, it made me think non-stop about the shoes I wanted, and it sort of made me an expert on what was hot and what was not.

As I got older, I started to have more and more access to shoes. Going to Austin, Texas, the store Nice Kicks opening up, having weekly drops, I was in the game. From there, it was over for me. Making it to the NBA sealed my fate. I was gonna get ‘em all and then some. 

Since then, I’ve worn shoes on the court that were worth so much, I wouldn’t dare tell my mom. And PEs from LeBron and Jordan that shocked even them. Through it all, one family has been consistent, from my beloved Jordan 3s and instant classic Hyperdunks to my Air Mags and SB Dunks.

That’s why I’m happy to announce that I’m signing back with the Swoosh. Leaders of the old school and the new. Can’t wait to show you guys what we come up with.

Sincerely yours, P.J.

While not a signature superstar like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, the North Carolina native has made a name for himself in the shoe game by wearing rare and expensive shoes—including exclusive player editions and designer collaborations—during NBA games.

With P.J. off the market, the sneaker industry will turn its full attention to Luka Doncic. The reigning Rookie of the Year and budding MVP candidate for the Dallas Mavericks is currently a free agent, following the expiration of his two-year deal with Nike. Luka, 20, was recently spotted wearing footwear from Puma, which has a growing roster of NBA endorsers, including Mavs assistant coach and ball-handling legend God Shammgod.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.