Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker To Undergo Thumb Surgery

Lakers guard/forward Talen Horton-Tucker will undergo surgery after suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.<a rel=

Horton-Tucker, 24, is 6-foot-4 and averaged 9.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 65 games last season, his second in the NBA.

He’s expected to be a key part of the rotation this year, providing his usual dose of energy and effectiveness off the bench, reliving everyone from LeBron James to Wayne Ellington.

While Charania did not report how much time Horton-Tucker is expected to miss, returns from thumb ligament surgeries generally keep a player out for several months.

This becomes the second key injury of the preseason for LA, as the team recently announced that small forward Trevor Ariza will miss at least eight weeks following an arthroscopic procedure on his right ankle.

The Lakers open the season Oct. 19 at home vs. the Warriors.

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