Report: Lakers' Talen Horton-Tucker Could Miss Multiple Games Due to Health Protocols

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 14, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker could miss "multiple games" after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols on Tuesday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

That news comes after the Lakers canceled Tuesday's practice because of the NBA's health and safety protocols, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times

The Lakers are scheduled to face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. 

The Mavericks, meanwhile, will be without superstar Luka Doncic for that game because he is experiencing left ankle soreness, per NBA writer Marc Stein

Horton-Tucker, 21, has been a key player for the Lakers this season, starting 12 games and appearing in 15 overall. He's averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists, shooting 40.6 percent from the field but just 27.8 percent from three. 

He's been considered a bright young prospect for the Lakers over the past three years, and has taken his opportunity with the team needing him to play a bigger role this season. He had one of his better games of the season on Sunday against the Orlando Magic, scoring 19 points to go along with six steals. 

It was a nice boost for a team that was without superstar big man Anthony Davis. 

One thing to monitor regarding Horton-Tucker's future in Los Angeles, however, is the fact that he's one of the few tradable assets the Lakers have if they decided to shake up the roster around the superstar duo of LeBron James and AD:

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

One note: Because of his Bird Rights, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lakers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lakers</a> guard THT can’t be traded until January 15.

With Horton-Tucker out of action for the time being, look for players like Wayne Ellington, Malik Monk and Kent Bazemore to play a bigger role for the Lakers.