NBA Trade Talks: Ty Lawson linked to Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks but no trade imminent

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Lawson linked to Bucks, Knicks

Ty Lawson has so far found no major role and playing time with his current team, the Houston Rockets, in the 2015-2016 NBA season making him one of the most talked about players available in potential NBA trades before February’s NBA trade deadline.

One team reportedly considering acquiring the veteran guard are the Milwaukee Bucks, although a trade of Lawson to Milwaukee appears “highly unlikely”.

“A name that continues to get connected to the Bucks is Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson, but sources close to the Lawson situation say a deal to Milwaukee is highly unlikely at this point,” Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders stated in a recent article.

Lawson enjoyed career-high numbers with his first NBA team, the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 17.6 points and 1.6 steals per game (2012-2013 season) and 9.6 assists per game (2013-2014 season). However, he completely lost his minutes with the Rockets averaging 24.3 minutes per game and producing just 6.3 points, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 36 games.

The Bucks currently have Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless, Greivis Vasquez and Tyler Ennis in their point guard rotation but only Carter-Williams is a long-term prospect and Milwaukee has struggled this season with just a 19-25 record, or third-worst in the Eastern Conference.

According to the same report, the Bucks are exploring for trades and getting the value on their big man Greg Monroe, who has been inconsistent for head coach Jason Kidd’s system in Milwaukee.

“It’s an interesting question to ponder, especially given the Bucks’ young frontcourt. However, Bucks sources could not have been more adamant that moving Monroe at the deadline was not under consideration and that landing him in free agency was a huge win for the team so they were not open to trading him,” Kyler added.

It is highly unlikely that the Bucks and Rockets finalize a deal that involves both Monroe and Lawson as the Rockets already have a deep big man rotation featuring Dwight Howard, Clint Capela and Terrence Jones. However, a three-team deal can still be explored with both Monroe and Lawson going to different NBA teams.

Separate reports state that Lawson is also being linked to the New York Knicks, a team who is pushing for a postseason appearance and who needs to upgrade their point guard position.

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