The Los Angeles Lakers secured their rising star from Staples Center, extending guard Talen Horton-Tucker to the tune of a three-year deal, reportedly worth $32 million. The news was announced by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, via agents Rich Paul and Lucas Newton.
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
Seen as the team’s best young asset, THT’s heightened role in his second season produced great moments of potential that Lakers fans had been hoping to see since his debut in 2019.
Averaging 9.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 65 games last season, THT found favor with head coach Frank Vogel through his ability to effectively careen the ball through traffic for a tough bucket and his relentless ability as a lock-solid defender. His 2.2 steals per game were the tenth-best total in the NBA last season, aided by a freakish 7’1″ wingspan.
GM Rob Pelinka and the Lakers have been fairly protective of their young PG; frequently rumored to negate trade deals if they included THT.
By retaining Horton-Tucker, also signing Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Nunn, the Lakers’ backcourt has catapulted to one of the league’s best at the start of free agency.
The third year of THT’s extension will leave an option for the young guard to enter the market as an unrestricted free agent after 2022. Based on the trajectory that the Lakers team and fan base forecast for Horton-Tucker, the next deal will likely cost Pelinka a pretty penny.