Happy Walters Rumors
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].”
Walters said Lawson won’t need a chaperone with him at all times the way the NFL’s Dez Bryant and MLB’s Josh Hamilton had when they dealt with off-the-field issues in the past. “He’s being proactive to deal with stuff and it will be helpful for him, and he’ll get better and put it all behind him,” Walters said.
The Clippers have been dealing directly with Jordan to coordinate this meeting, which is notable considering it’s not typical protocol. He is represented by Dan Fegan and Happy Walters of Relativity Sports, the agents who had orchestrated the Los Angeles meetings in which teams met with Jordan on the opening days of free agency. Jordan’s willingness to take the meeting speaks volumes about his state of mind.
Nick Friedell: Confirmed @Shams Charania report that Butler is dropping out of Skills Challenge on Saturday. Still hopes to play limited minutes in ASG. Butler’s agent, Happy Walters, remains confident that Butler will be able to play Sunday as he continues to get treatment.