New York Knicks head coach Kurt Rambis stated that Ty Lawson is one of the names being considered for their team after the point guard settled for a contract buyout with the Houston Rockets.
Ian Begley of ESPN NY posted on Twitter that aside from Lawson, the Knicks management are still in discussion and are looking into other possible candidates. But aside from the Knicks, other teams that are pushed to show interest on the 28-year old Clinton, Maryland native include the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards.
The Houston Rockets announced that they have reached an agreement with Lawson on the buyout and will be official after the paperworks.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Rockets had hesitation on trading the 28-year-old Clinton, Maryland native during the trade deadline last month. But with rising issues with his teammates inside the court, the Rockets had to let go of him to open their spending capacity with the idea of signing another point guard.
The Rockets acquired Lawson and a 2017 second round draft pick from the Denver Nuggets in a trade on July 20, 2015 in exchange for Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou Prigioni, a 2016 first round draft pick and cash considerations.
Lawson’s role in the Rockets was to play side-by-side James Harden and ease the ball carrying chores of the superstar, which turned out as a disaster. He started in the Rockets’ 11 games last season under Kevin McHale but was later placed in the bench when J.B. Bickerstaff was named interim headcoach after McHale was fired.
Lawson will be an attractive catch for teams that are looking for a flexible rotation in the point guard position. With the Rockets, Lawson averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 assists per game.
Aside from his miscommunications with his teammates inside the court, Lawson had his run with the law as well. He was suspended for two games by the NBA on his guilty plea in November for driving while impaired and a lane usage violation after leaving a party in Denver in Jan. 2015. He was also suspended for a further three games by the league for driving under the influence of alcohol in July 2015.
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