Report: Ty Lawson traded to Houston Rockets


Former North Carolina star Ty Lawson is on his way to the Houston Rockets according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Lawson and a second round pick will leave Denver in return for Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, and a first round pick. That first round pick is lottery protected. The deal is somewhat time dependent since Prigioni has a non-guaranteed contract until the end of the month.

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First, let’s look at the Nuggets. They had been setting up this move all summer. They drafted Emmanuel Mudiay and re-signed Jameer Nelson to back the rookie up. That set their point guard position for at least the upcoming year. Lawson had been on the block ever since. There was some speculation that he might end up with George Karl and the Sacramento Kings, but those talks died when the Kings signed free agent Rajon Rondo.

For the Rockets, they have added another dynamic piece to their roster. The Rockets had been pretty quiet this off season, with re-signing Patrick Beverley as their one real move. The Rockets watched Josh Smith leave for the Clippers. Lawson adds scoring and dishing to the Rockets team. His job will be to run the floor and pass the ball to either James Harden or Dwight Howard. Lawson should be quite good at that, since he was second in the NBA in assists last season.

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For Lawson himself, a move to Houston allows him to readjust. Lawson has had some troubles with the law lately, resulting in a rehab stint. Chauncey Billups among others has suggested that a change of scenery might be good for the guard. Billups also believed that Lawson was not a leader, and Houston seems to be James Harden’s team. Therefore Lawson will not have to assume that burden of leadership.

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