Lakers retain Talen Horton-Tucker with 3-year, $32 million deal

The Lakers are bringing back at least one crucial free agent to next year’s roster: Talen Horton-Tucker.

The team agreed to a three-year, $32 million contract extension with the 20-year-old wing, who will be one of few homegrown players on what will be one of the oldest rosters in the NBA next season. The organization views the 6-foot-5 Chicago native as a developing talent who could one day ascend to a spot in the starting lineup if his growth continues.

ESPN was first to report the extension, which was confirmed on social media by Luc Newton, one of Horton-Tucker’s agents at Klutch Sports (the firm that also manages LeBron James and Anthony Davis).

Horton-Tucker was a restricted free agent who the Lakers took pains to retain after selecting him in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft out of Iowa State. He was the reported sticking point in trade talks with the Toronto Raptors for All-Star guard Kyle Lowry during the trade deadline last season.

He became a regular rotation member last season, averaging 9 points and 2.8 assists in 65 appearances, and Laker veterans have regularly spoken glowingly about his potential.

It became all the more important to keep Horton-Tucker after fellow free agent Alex Caruso departed by signing a four-year deal with the Chicago Bulls. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Lakers have just four players returning on guaranteed contracts from last season: James, Davis, Horton-Tucker and Marc…

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