Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker draws trade interest from ‘multiple teams’
Los Angeles Lakers swingman Talen Horton-Tucker is already making noise in just his second season in the league. After a strong preseason campaign, the 20-year-old continues to impress despite seeing limited minutes on the floor.
Due to his high upside, he was already speculated to have garnered significant interest from a handful of teams heading to the offseason.
“Horton-Tucker can expect “multiple teams” to have an interest in pursuing him this summer. That would put pressure on the Lakers to match some offers that could, potentially, be very hefty. The Knicks, Cavaliers and Mavericks were listed as teams with potential interest.”
However, a general manager told Heavy.com that the Purple and Gold do recognize his potential and won’t simply let him walk that easily.
“The way the rules are, I don’t see the Lakers letting him go,” he said. “But teams can make this a more difficult decision for the Lakers than they’d like. Teams that have a lot of cap space and are looking to gamble on a young guy, why not put your money into him? The upside is obvious.”
Horton-Tucker was selected with the 46th pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2019 NBA Draft. He was then traded to the Lakers on draft night in exchange for an additional pick and cash considerations. The sophomore was only signed to a two-year, $2.4 million deal last season which will make him a restricted free agent in the coming offseason.
He is currently averaging 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists through 10 games played for the Lakers. In their most recent game against the Houston Rockets, Horton-Tucker broke out for 17 points and five rebounds en route to a 120-102 victory.
The trade interests coming his way only speaks volumes of the belief that teams have in his capabilities. Even though he is still stuck in a loaded Lakers roster this season, Talen Horton-Tucker can be assured that he will stay in the league for quite a while moving forward.