Lakers Talen Horton-Tucker Becomes Restricted Free Agent

 

In one of the worst-kept secrets in the league, the Los Angeles Lakers actually want to keep Talen Horton-Tucker. They've extended a qualifying offer to the 20-year-old, meaning he becomes a restricted free agent. 

The most important part of the qualifying offer being made, is that the Lakers can match any offer that Horton-Tucker receives as an RFA. 

It was pretty clear back at the trade deadline how much LA valued the second-year player, as they refused to include him in a trade that could have landed them Kyle Lowry. 

In Lowry's next game against the Lakers after they turned down the trade, the veteran point guard posted a mammoth game, of 37 points, 11 assists, and a career-high eight 3-pointers. Perhaps a little message in that performance for LeBron and Co. 

Horton-Tucker averaged 9 points and 2.8 assists in 20 minutes per game of playing time this season. The contractual numbers mean that the Lakers can offer him more than $10 million a season.

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