DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Lakers wing Talen Horton-Tucker is getting buzz as a player many NBA teams will be interested in after the season. Could the Mavs be one of those teams? Should they be?
Horton-Tucker, 20, was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft out of Iowa State. The former Cyclone burst onto the scene with a 33-point performance in a preseason game vs the Clippers. Since then, the Lakers have limited him to just over 15 minutes per game, likely in an attempt to limit his exposure to potential suitors this offseason for when he's set to become a restricted free agent.
The Lakers are widely expected to match any offer Horton-Tucker receives on the open market. However, teams can do their best to structure the contract in a way that would make it a more difficult decision for the Lakers.
With several of the key free agents suddenly off the board after signing extensions recently (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, LeBron James and Rudy Gobert), it makes some sense for Dallas to take a chance on an unproven talent.
The K&C Masterpiece debated it on Wednesday's show on 105.3 The Fan. Watch the video above to see their discussion.