The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets for Lawson, a D.C. area native, Yahoo!
In exchange for Lawson and a 2017 second-round pick, the Nuggets will receive Kostas Papanikolaou and the partially guaranteed contract of veteran guard Pablo Prigioni along with Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and the future first-round pick.
Lawson was arrested on Tuesday for his second DUI in 2015.
Despite the recent DUI incident, the Rockets were reportedly convinced Lawson could get back on track soon and could help them get over the hump in the highly-competitive Western Conference race. Despite having a high-quality defender in Patrick Beverley already in place, Morey has been involved in multiple point-guard rumors over the past few years.
For the Nuggets, the Emmanuel Mudiay era that was a certainty after the 2015 draft became official. The market for Lawson has been nearly non-existent since he had another problem with the law.
He averaged 15.2 points, 9.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this past season and is a definite upgrade offensively at the starting point guard position. While some may have issue with the way that saga in particular worked out, Lucas may be the flawless guy for helping Lawson get back on track. Think about the carnage the Rockets will encounter just within their division. He will suit the Rockets up-tempo style of play. This move keeps the Rockets in the conversation, arguably moving them higher as they’ve upgraded at the very spot they needed it most while not losing much in the process. Denver plans to trade or waive Prigioni in the next 24 hours, league sources said. I have a great relationship with the players on the team.
The Pistons on the other hand could be preparing for a Brandon Jennings departure once a suitor shows interest. Lawson certainly would have been an odd fit for a rebuilding team but Mitch Kupchak can’t afford to leave any stones unturned as he looks to rebuild the once-mighty franchise.