After spending the first six years of his career with the Denver Nuggets, Ty Lawson is on the move. On Sunday evening, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the Nuggets had agreed to trade Lawson to the Houston Rockets. He later shared details of the package Houston will be sending to Denver.
The first-round pick will be conveyed in 2016, per Wojnarowski . Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported the pick is lottery protected. Wojnarowski indicates that point guard Pablo Prigioni is part of the trade, but Denver intends to either trade or release him in the next 24 hours.
Lawson has been rumored to be on the market since before the Feb. 19 trade deadline. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported at the time that Denver head coach Brian Shaw wanted to work out a deal with the Indiana Pacers for point guard George Hill.
While nothing came of that rumor and Shaw was later fired, which led to the hiring of Mike Malone, it has been clear that Lawson was going to be playing elsewhere before the 2015-16 season started.
Mitch Lawrence of NBC New York reported the Nuggets were considering waiving Lawson after his DUI arrest in July. It was his second such arrest this calendar year.
Before the latest DUI arrest, other teams hoped, per Wojnarowski, that the Nuggets would lower their asking price for Lawson. Back in February, Grantland’s Zach Lowe revealed “Denver isn’t dealing Lawson unless it gets a bounty in return.”
In May, Matt Moore of CBS Sports wrote that Lawson ranked seventh among all players last season in points produced per game through scoring and assists, while acknowledging some of the criticisms of the 27-year-old’s playing style:
Source: Bleacher Report |