The Los Angeles Lakers had a horrid 2021-22 season. They missed the playoffs after having the second-best preseason odds to win the title and the team was booed at home games multiple times for displaying atrocious basketball.
Russell Westbrook was the poster boy for the Lakers’ disastrous season since he was the highest-paid player on the team and the franchise’s major acquisition last summer. The one-time MVP was second in the NBA in turnovers and finished the year with a brutal plus-minus of -211.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Lakers and Westbrook have mutual interest in parting ways this offseason. Most experts expect Los Angeles general manager Rob Pelinka to move on from Russ.
However, Robbie Stratakos of Sportscasting believes the Lakers should also part ways with small forward Talen Horton-Tucker.
“It doesn’t make sense for the Lakers to have Horton-Tucker on a $10 million average annual salary if he’s not going to produce at a considerable and effective level,” Stratakos wrote. “All that said, the Lakers should be able to get teams to inquire about a trade for the young wing. Why? Horton-Tucker has exhibited an ability to score off the dribble, create his own shot, and is still 21. Maybe another team can tap into his potential? LA should be able to get a young player on a rookie deal and a second-rounder or perhaps a future first-rounder on its own for Horton-Tucker.”
Horton-Tucker was one of the many players who struggled for the Lakers this season. He appeared in 60 games and averaged just 10.0 points while shooting 41.6% from the field and 26.9% from beyond the arc.
Lakers’ Investment in Horton-Tucker Didn’t Pay Off
The Lakers signed Horton-Tucker to a three-year, $30.9 million contract in August 2021. They valued him so much that they decided not to include the Chicago native in a deal that would have landed them Kyle Lowry from Toronto at the 2021 trade deadline.