Talen Horton-Tucker has signed with the Lakers on a rookie contract. Michael Scotto of the Athletic reports that it is a two-year deal worth $2.4 million dollars. Horton-Tucker’s acquisition means that the Lakers roster now stands at 17 players.
Horton-Tucker was the 46th pick of the NBA draft. The Lakers purchased his rights from the Orlando Magic in a draft day acquisition. A stress fracture kept Horton-Tucker out of the California Classic in Sacramento. The same injury kept the Lakers’ sole draft pick from playing in NBA Summer League.
The 18-year-old player’s signing is the most that the Lakers can pay him under the current CBA. This is because they used all of their cap room and any exceptions that they had in prior deals. He only played one year at Iowa State, showing the sort of potential that made the Lakers acquire him. Horton Tucker’s defense was something that caught the eyes of scouts, and the prospect of developing him for the future is something to look forward to.
The Lakers still have more time during the summer to round out the roster before training camp begins.