The Houston Rockets are still interested in trading away Ty Lawson, who hasn’t been a good fit alongside James Harden. According to ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein, the Rockets are offering the veteran playmaker to the Utah Jazz.
Lawson, who was acquired by the Rockets in an offseason trade with the Denver Nuggets, has been a bad fit with his new team as his production (6.3 ppg and 3.6 apg) took a major nosedive this season.
The Rockets had an earlier discussion with several teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks, regarding Lawson but they couldn’t hammer a deal. Now with the deadline fast approaching, Stein is reporting that there’s high possibility Lawson ends up in Utah after the 3 p.m deadline.
“Sources told ESPN.com that the Jazz, known to be in the market for a veteran point guard, were giving strong consideration Wednesday night to going ahead with a deal for Lawson in exchange for a package that would be headlined by former Utah lottery pick Trey Burke.
At least one Jazz player would have to be added to the deal to make the salaries work, but sources said Utah is seriously weighing a gamble on Lawson as part of a long-running search to bring in a veteran point guard for the stretch run.”
The Rockets already took a gamble on Lawson after the player got involved in various DUI incidents. The former North Carolina standout will get one more chance to redeem himself in Utah, as the Jazz hopes he can make a positive impact for the remainder of the regular-season and possibly the postseason.
Meanwhile, Burke could give the Rockets a young backcourt talent they can groom into a fine running-mate alongside Harden. Burke is averaging 11.6 points and 2.6 assists in 23 minutes per game for the Jazz.
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