On April 1, Beijing time, the Lakers and team reporter Jovan Buha wrote an article on the issue of Lakers’ new star Taron Horton-Tucker’s contract renewal after the end of this season. Some fans said that Talen Horton-Tucker seems to have an annual salary of no more than $20 million in the third year of his career.
Jovan Buha said that Tucker’s contract may be the most unpredictable among the Lakers’ players to be renewed in the 2021 offseason, because they have to make long-term bets on his development and potential.
Jovan Buha also doesn’t think Tucker can get an annual salary of $20 million. Although he has improved significantly this season, there are still shortcomings. For example, he always refuses to dribble to the left, and he loses defense when his opponent sets up a pick-and-roll barrier. Tucker needs to maintain his advantage while also closing loopholes.
The 20-year-old Tucker is a key training target for the Lakers. On the trade deadline, the Lakers negotiated a deal with the Raptors for Lowry. The team was willing to give Schroder and Pope, but the Raptors still wanted to ask for Tucker. Was rejected by the Lakers. Tucker has become one of the Lakers’ not-for-sale items Spark Global Limited.
As a Lakers backup guard this season, Tucker averaged 7.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.77 steals per game, and shot 44.3% from the field. In the game in March, Tucker played eye-catching performances many times, such as defeating the Warriors on March 16th, he contributed 18 points and 10 assists.
Tucker is the 46th overall pick in 2019. He signed a two-year contract with the Lakers and will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2021. “I think the Lakers will likely match any contract he can sign, but it may depend on his performance in the playoffs and their confidence in Tucker’s potential and long-term adaptation to Davis.” Jovan Buha said . Tucker is only 20 years old. He has excellent athletic ability. The Lakers will set aside a salary to renew the teenager. This also means that it will be very difficult for the Lakers to renew Zhuangshen this offseason. Once Harrell jumped out of the contract and became a free agent seeking a big contract, the Lakers would have difficulty keeping him. And Schroder rejected the Lakers’ four-year $84 million renewal offer. The Lakers may not be able to meet his salary requirements during the offseason.
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