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Podcast: Should the Lakers bring back Talen Horton-Tucker if a team offers him the max?

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The Lakers don’t have many assets, so losing one like Talen Horton-Tucker for nothing would be brutal. But is he worth that price-tag?

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Although their playoff run was abruptly ended, the Lakers’ knack for making news is still very much alive. No such thing as an offseason with this franchise.

On Tuesday, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report released an article detailing the team’s chances in a potential Damian Lillard blockbuster, which may ultimately be dependent on how much Portland values Talen Horton-Tucker.

Within that same piece, one Eastern Conference executive gave their thoughts on Horton-Tucker, going as far as saying they’d give him a max contract this summer if given the chance.

Horton-Tucker is certainly an intriguing prospect, but would he be worth re-signing if it means matching such an incredible offer, especially when you consider the Lakers will have to pay up to bring back Alex Caruso and/or Dennis Schröder — both of whom are more ready to help a championship run next season.

And that’s before you get to any potential signing bringing back Horton might cause should the Lakers start worrying about luxury taxes. Though to be clear, Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka have both stated clearly they don’t mind paying up for a title favorite.

What happens with Horton-Tucker’s contract status, or potential trade, will be one of the more interesting offseason storylines for the Lakers. Which brings us to today’s episode.

On this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday,” our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla discuss Horton-Tucker’s value both from a financial and trade perspective for the Lakers, as well as others around the league.

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And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.