Lakers re-sign Talen Horton-Tucker to three-year deal

Lakers re-sign Talen Horton-Tucker to three-year deal

The Los Angeles Lakers are continuing their free agency moves by retaining a key player.

After letting Alex Caruso, Ben McLemore and Andre Drummond walk to new teams, the Lakers made the decision to keep Talen Horton-Tucker.

Horton-Tucker, 20, burst onto the scenes during the 2020-21 preseason and showed flashes of a player who could develop into a budding star one day.

He eventually garnered more minutes as the season progressed and was one of the few reserves who could create their own shot, primarily by attacking the basket and finishing contested attempts.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers are keeping Horton-Tucker for three more seasons:

Horton-Tucker still has plenty of room to grow on the defensive side of the ball as well as hit his 3-pointers more consistently, but he’s the best asset the Lakers have, and keeping him should’ve been an easy decision.

Horton-Tucker could make the case to be a starter despite the shooting woes, though he’s expected to take a big leap this season regardless.