The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have much in the form of a young core, anymore. Most of the team’s youth was sent away in the trade to acquire Anthony Davis.
However, they did buy a pick in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft to select Talen Horton-Tucker, a raw 18-year-old with high potential for a second rounder.
Unfortunately for the Lakers and their fans, they will not be able to watch the Iowa State product for a while. The team announced that the guard has a stress fracture in his foot and will miss at least the team’s first three games at the California Classic in Sacramento. They are hopeful that he can recover enough to play in the Las Vegas Summer League later in July.
Talen Horton-Tucker had a stress reaction in his foot that was discovered at the combine and will not play in the California Classic Summer League in Sacramento. He will be re-evaluated in Las Vegas.
The Lakers were aware of the injury when they drafted him.
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) June 28, 2019
Of course, the Lakers will be cautious with their only draft pick this summer, especially given the fact that he may have to play somewhat significant minutes in the regular season. The Lakers only have three other players under contract with $32 million in cap space (as well as exceptions) to fill out their roster.