Agents have at times sidestepped Cho to chat directly with Jordan, according to league sources. The team has turned over almost its entire scouting and analytics departments in the past year. (Though the Hornets recently hired Mike Born, a well-regarded Cho ally from Portland, to a key scouting position.) The relationship between Cho and Clifford has been cool since the team dismissed Rod Higgins, a Jordan ally with whom Clifford felt he could talk hoops, per sources familiar with the matter. Cho, Clifford, and Polk all downplayed the idea of a rift, and the two wings of the organization worked well together this summer to upgrade the team’s shooting across all positions — a goal they shared.
Ty Lawson is “excited” about being traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Houston Rockets, his agent told KRIV-TV in Houston. “He’s close with James [Harden], tight with Corey [Brewer], knows Trevor [Ariza] and Dwight [Howard] and is real excited,” the point guard’s agent, Happy Walters, told KRIV-TV. “It’s an opportunity for him. He’s been deep in the playoffs before, but this is something he feels really good about.”
Lawson, 27, is currently in rehab in Los Angeles after his second DUI arrest in 2015. A judge ruled last week that he won’t face DUI charges in California and Colorado until completing the 30-day residential treatment program. Lawson entered treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues. “Ty has been in the league, and he knows what’s up,” Walters told ESPN on Monday. “He’s taking care of himself, and he just started [rehab].”