Ty Lawson is very interested in signing with Eastern Conference team Indiana Pacers after clearing waivers and being released by previous team, Houston Rockets earlier in the week.
The Lawson to Pacers news is being reported by The Vertical’s Shams Charania, who claims that there are ‘strong discussions’ between the veteran point guard and Indiana management.
Free-agent guard Ty Lawson is in strong discussions on a possible deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2016
A few hours after, Charania confirmed the Lawson signing for Indiana who released veteran forward Chase Budinger.
The Pacers have veterans George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey in the guard rotation but only Hill is considered a true point guard, which is Lawson’s position.
Lawson was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He never played in Minnesota and was traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he played from 2009 to 2015. Lawson averaged 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game in the 2014-2015 season.
However, he was involved in controversies in Denver concerning his alcohol-related problems and the Nuggets traded him to the Houston Rockets before the 2015-016 NBA Season. Lawson was not used much in Houston with averages of 5.8 points, 3.4 assists in 22.2 minutes per game.
The Pacers have 32 wins against 29 losses so far this season and seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Other teams rumored to be interested in Lawson are the New York Knicks. Their head coach Kurt Rambis admitted in an interview that they see Lawson as a possibility in New York.
Other possibilities for Lawson were the Brooklyn Nets or the Chicago Bulls.
Lawson (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/TyLawson3)