Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol _ his second DUI arrest this year. The Kings also remain in the mix, per the report.
Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been ordered to submit to continuous alcohol monitoring, a Denver judge said Friday, and will be going to an alcohol rehab program. However, since his DUI arrest, his value has diminished significantly, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! However, the focus for the past couple of days has been on how the Denver Nuggets can get rid of the troubled point guard. But they did make one key addition through a trade, acquiring Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers. If the Nuggets lower their demands, perhaps someone will take a chance on Lawson. All the flags were around me.
The veteran averaged 15.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting from the field on top of 9.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game this season according to ESPN.
Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower have shown an inclination for pouncing when teams are interested in giving up talented players for little in return, so Lawson certainly fits their pattern in that way.
Both the Lakers and Clippers have shored up the point guard position this off-season with the signings of Austin Rivers for the Clippers and the drafting of D’Angelo Russel for the Lakers. If a front office believes he’s the missing piece for their team, the gamble is worth it.
Trading for Lawson will not only cost a team a good chunk of talent and/or picks, but the cap hit isn’t cheap either. This is the fourth time the player has been arrested for driving intoxicated and the second time this year.
Although their are two other teams that have interest in Lawson, one team who cannot afford to lose out on this sweepstakes are the Rockets. Something similar would happen in Sacramento, where Rajon Rondo is slated to start.
Denver has added a few point guards of their own, giving them the ability to trade Lawson. They’ll make the playoffs with an Emmanuel Mudiay. The fit on the court, however, would be questionable. “He needs to deal w/ his issues”. It will be another consecutive year he won’t make the All-Star team. Lawson is young and expects to be on the floor.