Lakers guard/forward Talen Horton-Tucker is coming off a strong second season, just in time to for restricted free agency.
He addressed that very topic after the Lakers’ season ended, losing to the Suns in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
“I haven’t really thought about it as much, because it was during the season, so I really wasn’t trying to give it too much train of thought,” he told reporters. “I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve had here. I just want to let my representation just kind of handle all of that. I feel like they’ll steer me in the right direction whatever it is.”
Per Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Horton-Tucker could be in line for a fairly lucrative deal this offseason, perhaps putting the Lakers in a difficult position should such an offer come from another team.
Fischer cited league executives in writing that Horton-Tucker may command a salary somewhere in the range of $12 million per season.
Horton-Tucker compiled averages of 9.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 65 appearances as a reserve. He is represented by Rich Paul, the agent for five members of the Lakers — LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ben McLemore.