The free agencies of Caruso and Horton-Tucker (a restricted free agent) will be interesting. Both will have multiple suitors, sources said. With limited cap room leaguewide, the full midlevel exception -- worth about $10 million -- will be a powerful tool. Some agents and team executives expect a climate in which teams might offer all or most of the midlevel at the starting gun and demand a quick answer. If some rival does that with Caruso, will the Lakers match or exceed it right away? If they haggle, will it cost them?
After making the minimum salary in his first two years, Talen Horton-Tucker is set to get a big raise. ProFitX projects Horton-Tucker’s production next season to that of a $11.2 million player, which would technically make him a bargain since he can’t earn that amount next season. His starting salary in 2020-21 cannot be greater than either the projected $10.5 million the Lakers can offer him via Early Bird rights, or the $9.5 million NT-MLE other teams are limited to offering him due to the Gilbert Arenas Provision.
Bobby Marks: The Qualifying Offer for Talen Horton-Tucker is $1,897,476. The Lakers have early bird rights and can sign him up to a contract that projects to start at $10.4M. The contract must be for a minimum of 2 seasons.
Talen Horton-Tucker Contract status: Restricted free agent Quote: “I haven’t really thought about it as much because it was during the season. I wasn’t really trying to give it too much train of thought. But I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve had here, and I just want to let my representation kind of handle all of that. I feel like they’ll steer me in the right direction wherever.”
Harrison Faigen: Talen Horton-Tucker says he hasn't thought too much about free agency yet, but he appreciates the opportunities the Lakers have given. "I want to let my representation handle that. I feel like they'll steer me in the right direction."
Horton-Tucker is another player who could have an intriguing free agency next summer. He is averaging just 6.7 points and 2.5 assists, but teams are watching him with interest. The second-year wing will be an early Bird restricted free agent, which limits the type of offers he can receive and gives the Lakers the ability to match, but that doesn't mean doing so will be easy. "He's a gifted defender with great length and great upside who's just 20 years old. In this market, that's exactly the type of player you want to chase," one Eastern Conference executive said. "There could be a few teams who put them to the test and give [Horton-Tucker] an offer sheet thinking they could pry him away."
Well, he’s made it impossible for the Lakers to keep him off the court and now everybody across the league knows his name. With free agency looming for Horton-Tucker, the team might want to start thinking about his contract situation. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Lakers could get creative with an offer. “People think that he can get the Tyler Johnson poison-pill contract,” Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective podcast.
Talen Horton-Tucker will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it could take a lot of money for the Los Angeles Lakers to keep him. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on The Hoop Collective podcast there is significant interest in the guard around the league. "People think that he can get the Tyler Johnson poison-pill contract," Windhorst said.
League sources told Heavy.com Horton-Tucker can expect “multiple teams” to have an interest in pursuing him this summer. That would put pressure on the Lakers to match some offers that could, potentially, be very hefty. The Knicks, Cavaliers and Mavericks were listed as teams with potential interest.
September 16, 2021 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: The Shanghai Sharks have signed former NBAers Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh. This will be Fredette’s 5th season with Shanghai. He last played in the NBA in 2019 with the Phoenix Suns. Vonleh was briefly with the Brooklyn Nets last season. This is his first season with Shanghai.
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
September 16, 2021 | 8:07 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: Cleaning up some loose ends on TPEs for the Boston Celtics… The Celtics used the Daniel Theis $5M TPE to acquire Kris Dunn in the three-team deal with the Hawks and Kings. That leaves Boston with five current TPEs. Those TPEs and expiration dates are in the next tweet. 1/2
Keith Smith: Current Boston Celtics TPEs: $17,142,857- Evan Fournier – expires 7/18/22 $9,720,900- Tristan Thompson – expires 7/7/22 $5,096,479- Kemba Walker – expires 5/17/22 $500,000- Moses Brown – expires 6/27/22 $370,564- Jeff Teague – expires 2/11/22 Reminder: TPEs cannot be combined together! 2/2