Two weeks ago, Paul Coro reported that Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker was arrested in May on a super extreme DUI charge.
A week ago, Coro reported that Tucker had plead guilty and announced his sentencing.
Lawyer: P.J. Tucker plead guilty to super extreme DUI. 3 jail days/11 house arrest days/IID 18 mos/5-yr probation/screening/counseling/fines— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) August 5, 2014
Now, the NBA has laid down its punishment for Tucker's actions.
NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2014 - Phoenix Suns' forward P.J. Tucker has been suspended three games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor, in violation of the law of the State of Arizona, the NBA announced today.
Tucker's suspension will begin with the first game of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.
With Tucker suspended, the starting small forward spot will need to be filled by someone as the season opens.
Depending on how the Eric Bledsoe situation is resolved, Gerald Green could get the first crack at it. He averaged 15.8 points per game and shot 40 percent from 3-point range while splitting his season as a starter in Bledsoe's absence and a super-sub when the Suns were at full strength.
Marcus Morris, who averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 38.1 percent from deep in 22 minutes per game last year will also get a shot.
Finally, and perhaps the only bright spot in this situation, the Suns 14th overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft T.J. Warren could very well get some playing time right away. Fans are excited by Warren's Summer League performance, and this might give him a chance to show what he can do when it really counts.