Talen Horton-Tucker resigned with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth $32 million. This contract ties him down through the 2024 season, but he does have a player option in year three.
Talen Horton-Tucker Resigns with the Los Angeles Lakers
During the Lakers championship run, Horton-Tucker played solemnly in his rookie season, but he grew into a solid rotational piece for head coach Frank Vogel’s team during year two. The former Iowa State guard averaged a well-rounded 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Los Angeles.
Restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker has agreed to a three-year, $32M deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agents @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul and Lucas Newton tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
The Lakers have built a veteran, win-now team, but the resigning of Horton-Tucker really benefits both the present and the future. His skill set will mesh well with this group, as he can score and distribute very well for his age and size. He plays with poise and pace, and at 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, he has the size and versatility to defend the 1,2, and 3 positions.
What the THT Signing Means for the Future
The Horton-Tucker signing is a good sign for the Los Angeles Lakers’ future. With championship experience at age 20, he could grow into one of the next long-term Lakers. Although he could have gained more playing time elsewhere next season, he could be a starter next season.
Horton-Tucker could also play himself into a bigger contract with year three being a player option. The experience he will gain from playing with LeBron James and this Lakers team will be invaluable, and he could grow into one of the best role players in the league.