NBA rumors: Talen Horton-Tucker returning to Lakers

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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.
Arash Markazi: Lakers extend qualifying offer to THT.
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 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.
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