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April 18, 2015 Updates

Earlier this season, now-former Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw said that he tried motivating his lackadaisical roster that seemed to quit on him repeatedly by rapping a pre-game scouting instruction. On Saturday, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson posted a snippet of the rap on his Instagram. CBSSports.com

April 17, 2015 Updates

Lawson can move at warp speed with the basketball and he's not a bad dude, but he's far from a leader. While he did not deem it necessary to make himself available to the media on the day his teammates cleaned out their lockers at the Pepsi Center, my educated guess is Lawson dreams of playing in a city with brighter lights than Denver. So here's a suggestion: Trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Use Lawson as bait in an attempt to move up in the NBA draft, in the likely event the Nuggets fail to get unbelievably lucky in the lottery and cash in on their 15 percent chance to land one of the top three picks. Denver Post

April 3, 2015 Updates

The Nuggets discussed Lawson deals at the deadline, and sources at the time said Denver wanted multiple first-round picks. The 11th pick alone might not get it done, but if Utah included another asset — Hood, two future second-rounders, something — the Nuggets might think about going head-on into a full rebuild. Grantland

March 3, 2015 Updates
March 2, 2015 Updates

Lawson was averaging a career-high 36.5 minutes per game going into Sunday's contest against New Orleans. Shaw said it wouldn't be difficult to break the news of a court time reduction. "You just do it," he said. "I've already talked to the team in terms of letting them know that I'm going to take a look at some of the other guys and that their minutes would be decreasing," Shaw said. "So I don't think that there's an issue with that. I'm just trying to get them in the minutes that they are out there, to play as hard as they can." Denver Post

February 26, 2015 Updates

George Karl's first power move as Sacramento Kings coach was to trade for Andre Miller, a trusted old hand from his Denver days. Expect more of the same this summer. Sources say Karl would love to acquire Ty Lawson—if the rebuilding Nuggets were to make him available—or any other members of his last Nuggets team, which won 57 games in 2012-13. Karl wants players who move the ball and push the tempo, and that could mean wild upheaval on the Kings roster. Bleacher Report

February 20, 2015 Updates

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson was back at practice Thursday, a day after he missed a plane flight that caused an unexcused absence at practice Wednesday. "I told him what happened, and he's cool with it," Lawson said of coach Brian Shaw. "So we'll just keep moving forward and keep playing hard." There is still a matter of punishment, however. The Nuggets hadn't settled on a consequence for Lawson by the time they left for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon. And despite the fact that Lawson said he had talked to Shaw, the coach had not had a chance to have a full discussion of the matter with Lawson by the time he met with the media in early afternoon. "Internally, we'll decide what to do from there," Shaw said. Denver Post

February 19, 2015 Updates
February 18, 2015 Updates

Sources say the club's desperation is illustrated by its willingness to move Lawson, its leader in scoring (16.9 points per game), assists (10.1) and steals (1.3). Despite Lawson's production, he and Shaw have had trouble getting on the same page, and sources say Shaw would prefer to trade him for Hill because Hill can play at both a fast and slow tempo and is a strong defender. While an assistant coach in Indiana from 2011 to '13, Shaw mentored Hill and grew close to him. "Brian loves George," said a league executive who is close to Shaw. ESPN.com

It is not clear whether Indiana is willing to part with Hill in a trade that would feature Lawson, but the Pacers' front office, led by Larry Bird, was high on Lawson when he entered the 2009 draft out of North Carolina. The Pacers considered taking Lawson with the 13th pick but instead chose his college teammate Tyler Hansbrough. ESPN.com

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