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Report: Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker tears thumb ligament, undergoing surgery

Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 8: Talen Horton-Tucker #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball during a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on October 8, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Lakers signed 10 free agents this offseason.

None got a higher salary than Talen Horton-Tucker, who re-signed on a three-year, $30.78 million contract.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, their faith in the 20-year-old shooting guard won’t translate onto the court for a while.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes:

Between this and Trevor Ariza’s injury, the Lakers are becoming thin on the wing, especially with defensive-minded players.

Still, Los Angeles has plenty of options with Wayne Ellington, Kendrick Nunn, Kent Bazemore and – once he recovers from his own minor injury – Malik Monk.

The Lakers could also, at least temporarily, ditch a plan to start Anthony Davis at center. Starting Dwight Howard or DeAndre Jordan, sliding Davis to power forward and LeBron James to small forward would help fill the wing rotation.

Los Angeles clearly prioritized depth/optionality when building such an old roster. That helps even when the team’s youngest player gets hurt.