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League Executive Explains Why There Is Low Trade Interest In Talen Horton-Tucker: "He May Be Great In Four Or Five Years, But He's Not Right Now."

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Talen Horton-Tucker

Talen Horton-Tucker is a young combo guard on the Los Angeles Lakers. He is known for being a solid slasher and defender. While he has some untapped potential, most people would agree that Horton-Tucker is still an inexperienced and raw player.

Prior to the trade deadline, Talen Horton-Tucker was notably included in trade talks by the Los Angeles Lakers. Clearly, no trade for the young guard ended up materializing. There was notably a report that revealed that Horton-Tucker's trade value was low, and some even viewed him as a "bad contract".

League insiders have indicated that Talen Horton-Tucker and perhaps the team’s 2027 first-round pick are on the table at the deadline. But my sources tell me the appetite for Horton-Tucker is low, with one experienced league source even calling the 21-year-old a player with a “bad contract.” The Lakers owe THT $10.3 million next season before he has a player option for $11 million in 2023-24. Attempts to try and use their assets to jar someone like Jerami Grant loose from Detroit can’t work, meaning the Lakers’ need for two-way players has to be met with lesser talent.

A recent report by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report has recently featured the words of a league executive about Talen Horton-Tucker regarding some concerns about trading for him. Pincus notably mentions that the trade market for Talen Horton-Tucker "wasn't as generous" this past trade deadline.

Compounding matters, Horton-Tucker's deal includes a player option for 2023-24. The Lakers passed on the opportunity to trade him (with Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder) before the 2020 deadline to the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry. The market wasn't as generous in February.

"He may be great in four or five years, but he's not right now," a Western Conference executive said. "If we trade for him and he blows up, he'll just opt out and hit free agency in 2023. We'd have no control over his contract."

After this explanation, it makes sense why teams would be unsure about trading for Talen Horton-Tucker. He is an unproven player, and it would definitely be a risk due to his contract situation as well.

As of now, the best bet for the Los Angeles Lakers will likely be to see if Talen Horton-Tucker can improve in the future. If he does manage to get better, then the Lakers could either keep him or trade him in the right deal.