The Sacramento Kings took a risk this offseason by signing Ty Lawson to be the team’s starting point guard with Darren Collison suspension for domestic violence. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Kings might be releasing Lawson following his latest off-court incident.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Lawson’s career with the Kings is in jeopardy after missing a recent team flight to Kentucky for an exhibition game. He was also late to Kings shootaround in Las Vegas last weekend.
“The Kings attributed Lawson’s absence from the lineup in Lexington to “personal reasons.” He has since returned to Sacramento, sources said, and faces an uncertain future with his new team after the week’s events,” Stein added.
The Kings will meet with Lawson sometime this week and his future might be in question. Sacramento recently signed veteran point guard Jordan Farmar, who started several games for the Memphis Grizzlies last season under new Kings head coach Dave Joerger.
TMZ Sports reported that Ty Lawson was partying with teammates at a nightclub in Las Vegas. He was with Ben McLemore and Willy Cauley-Stein, as well as boxer Adrien Broner. It is noted that Lawson asked and received permission from the team to miss the flight to Kentucky.
However, Akis Yerocostas of Sactown Royalty thinks that the 28-year-old has already blown his second chance in the NBA. He added that Lawson’s alcoholism will continue to be a problem and it already started even before the season starts.
“Lawson knew coming into this offseason that this was supposed to be his second chance, and he’s already blown that. The Kings should wish him well and send him on his way and give the 15th roster spot to a player who won’t hurt himself or the team with his actions,” Yerocostas noted.
Ty Lawson posted career numbers just two seasons ago before his off-court issues led to his trade from the Denver Nuggets to the Houston Rockets. He even got waived by the Rockets and he ended up signing with the Indiana Pacers to end the 2015-16 season.
Nevertheless, these are just NBA rumors at the moment and the Kings will surely release a detailed statement regarding their meeting with Lawson. Sacramento starts their season against the Phoenix Suns on October 27, 2016.
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