Horton-Tucker, 20, is slated to enter the free-agent market in August as his two-year contract will expire.
Horton-Tucker still has plenty of room to improve, especially regarding his perimeter shooting, off-the-bounce passing and overall defense, but he’s the best young asset the Lakers have, which is why they extended the qualifying offer, via Shams Charania of The Athletic:
The qualifying offer is worth just over $1.8 million. The Lakers can match any offer teams submit for the promising young guard by giving Horton-Tucker the offer. The deadline to extend the offer was July 31.
Free agency begins on Aug. 2, and the Lakers are slated to have over 10 free agents on the roster.