Talen Horton-Tucker signs fully guaranteed 2-year, $2.4 million deal with Lakers
It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers have been pleased with what they’ve seen so far from rookie guard Talen Horton-Tucker. The Lakers officially decided to sign the 19-year-old over the weekend to a deal that will extend through the 2020-21 season
The Athletic’s Michael Scotto is reporting that the deal is worth $2.4 million for two seasons:
The Los Angeles Lakers signed Talen Horton-Tucker, the No. 46 pick in the 2019 draft, to a two-year, $2.4 million deal, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA. The deal is fully guaranteed.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 15, 2019
It is also worth noting that Horton-Tucker’s deal is fully guaranteed, which means that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the 6-foot-4 guard should be with the Lakers for the next couple of seasons. There appears to be no team or player option on the deal, so it is likely that Horton-Tucker will be able to see out the full two years of his contract.
Horton-Tucker, a freshman coming out of Iowa State University, was selected 46th overall in the recently concluded draft by the Orlando Magic. He was shipped off to the Lakers on that same evening in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.
Obviously, the Lakers already had their eye on the youngster even prior to the draft, and were willing to part ways with some assets in order to acquire his services. In his single year for Iowa State last season, Horton-Tucker averaged 11.8 points (on 40.6 percent shooting), 1.4 3-pointers, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 27.2 minutes per game.
The youngster did not play in Summer League due to a foot injury.