Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker dealing with stress reaction in right foot, to be re-evaluated in summer league
Los Angeles Lakers second-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker is dealing with a stress fracture in his right foot and will not participate in the team’s California Classic games in Sacramento, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports.
McMenanim adds the stress fracture was discovered during the NBA’s Draft Combine and that the swingman will be re-evaluated during Summer League in Las Vegas.
The Lakers acquired Talen Horton-Tucker from the Orlando Magic during the 2019 NBA Draft, selected with the 16th pick in the second round and 46th overall — two spots after the widely publicized sliding Oregon product Bol Bol. Horton-Tucker played a single season at Iowa State University before declaring for the draft.
Horton-Tucker, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest in 35 games, shooting 40.6% from the field, 30.8% from three, and 62.5% from the free throw line playing in the Big 12 for Iowa State.
Lakers fans are hoping THT’s pre–Summer League injury doesn’t portend to the success, or failure, of the semi-pro team, as in recent years Los Angeles’ assembled Vegas squad has turned Sin City into a party for NBA fans. Further, the Lakers’ Summer League team could foreshadow future rostered players because right now their roster is nearly barren aside from LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma.
The past few Vegas exhibitions have featured traveling Angelenos mightily cheering for young players like Kuzma and Lonzo Ball in the crowded arenas.
Talen Horton-Tucker is represented by Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul, who also manages James and Davis.