NBA Rumors: Ricky Rubio still a trade target for Kings if Ty Lawson experiment fails

NBA Rumors: Ricky Rubio still a trade target for Kings if Ty Lawson experiment fails

The Sacramento Kings signed Ty Lawson to be the team’s starting point guard with Darren Collison facing a suspension due to domestic violence charges. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that the Kings might still trade for Ricky Rubio if Lawson does not work well with DeMarcus Cousins.

The Kings and Lawson agreed to a one-year deal last Sunday and it was made official on Wednesday, per the Kings’ official website. He split time with the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers last season but he did not make any impact on both teams.

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According to CSN Bay Area, Lawson’s one-year contract is non-guaranteed and Sacramento can be off the hook for his full salary if they release him before January 10. Of course, it will only happen if the 28-year-old point guard fails to impress and co-exist with Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins.

That kind of situation opens the door for a possible trade for Minnesota Timberwolves point guard, Ricky Rubio. The Spanish playmaker has been linked with the Kings this offseason and a deal involving Rudy Gay was rumored to be in place early last month.

However, NBA rumors in Minnesota imply that the Timberwolves are sticking with Rubio for at least the first half of the season as Kris Dunn adjusts to life in the NBA. On the other, the Kings are trying all they can to make it work with Cousins, who can be a free agent at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

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It should be noted that these are just purely NBA rumors at this point but expect things to heat up around the trade deadline. “Boogie” played exceptionally well with a pass first PG like Rajon Rondo and it could also happen with Rubio.

As for Lawson, he is just a year removed from averaging 15.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals in his last season with the Denver Nuggets. If he can put all of his off-court issues and his play last season behind him, the Kings won’t need Ricky Rubio.

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