Los Angeles Lakers' Talen Horton-Tucker to have thumb surgery to repair torn ligaments

LOS ANGELES -- Sources told ESPN that Talen Horton Tucker, Lakers guard, will have surgery to repair the torn ligaments of his right thumb.
Horton-Tucker turns 21 next month. He signed a $32 million, three-year extension in the offseason. This gives the team an up-and-coming talent amid a roster largely made of veteran players.

Third-year wing, who averaged 12.7 points and 39.3% shooting in three games, was the Lakers' second-leading scorer during the preseason.

This is the second major injury that has hit the Lakers since Trevor Ariza had to have surgery on his right leg last week. He will be out of action for about two months.

When asked about Ariza, LeBron James stated that "Obviously surgery is a difficult procedure and you want the best." We believe in our doctors and everyone says he will come back full strength. You're running a marathon in six to eight weeks. Although it may seem long, we will be happy for him to return at 100%. We are so excited to have him back on the ground with us.

According to Frank Vogel, Lakers coach, Malik Monk is currently out with a right-groin strain.

Vogel stated, "It's preseason, and we have a lot more depth." "And we're going have the opportunity to give minutes other guys. Next man up."