Calvin Watkins: Rockets and Jazz moved on from Ty Lawson late last night. The belief is Lawson has always wanted to remain with Rockets.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Rockets, Jazz had casual talks on Ty Lawson, but those ended. Both teams moved on. Another thing: Rockets won’t buy out Lawson.
Chris Broussard: Source just told me Ty Lawson to Utah deal is not going to happen
The Jazz are reluctant to take on Lawson without assurances he wants to be there and how the Jazz will handle the option year is weighing into that decision. Another factor in this deal is that Houston has hinted that without a trade, they may waive Lawson outright. This would give Lawson the chance to choose his next team and be an unrestricted free agent in July.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Rockets, if Ty Lawson trade talks with Utah were to collapse, would strongly consider waiving Lawson if they can’t move him
The Knicks had contacted Houston about troubled but talented point guard Ty Lawson, who has no guaranteed money on next year’s pact. Neither talks are active. One of their point-guard targets, Brandon Jennings, is off the board — dealt to Orlando Wednesday.
Andy Larsen: This league is so funny. In the last couple hours I’ve gotten a diminishing sense that a Ty Lawson deal is likely. But… that’s Marc Stein! He’s, what, number 2 among breaking news NBA reporters in the world? He probably knows things! But… I know my sources too. And they’re good ones! It’s just hard to know who is hearing what.
Marc Stein: Ty Lawson talks are serious and Jazz have committed to ship out Trey Burke … 12 hours and change left for someone to trump Houston’s offer
Andy Larsen: I’ve heard this deal too. The additional player to make salaries match besides Trey Burke is probably Trevor Booker. Tibor Pleiss would also work next to Trey Burke to make the salaries match.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets are discussing a deal that would send Trey Burke out for Ty Lawson, league sources tell The Tribune.
Tony Jones: For this trade to go through, the Jazz would have to add a player to the deal. Trey Burke and Ty Lawson’s salaries don’t match.
Steve Kyler: To Piggyback off of @Marc Stein Ty Lawson tweet – Jazz have kicked the tires. Character issues biggest roadblock to a deal for the Jazz
Carter-Williams has been rumored in a deal with the Houston Rockets for Ty Lawson, an extremely talented point guard who has been battling off-court issues. There has also been speculation Carter-Williams could be part of a package to obtain Holiday, who is injury prone but considered by one NBA exec as “one of the top 10-to-12 point guards in the game.’’
Dustin Wagner: Any truth that the Bucks are likely to send MCW and Vasquez to the Rockets for Ty Lawson? – Steve Kyler: I know the Rockets are looking at Lawson deals… not sold they have the one they’ll do. Jennings deal helps.
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.
Here is a case where we thought the Rockets would make changes, but they didn’t. Make no mistake, the desire to trade players remains despite the improved record. The Rockets talked to teams about trades regarding forward Terrence Jones and Brewer. Lawson’s reps sought more playing time elsewhere and there was a report Howard wanted out, something he disputed. When the Rockets signed second-round pick Montrezl Harrell to a three-year, $3.1 million deal during the summer, it used a portion of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, pushing them to the apron level of a hard salary cap of $88.7 million. Morey is limited in what he can do because he can’t take on a huge salary for this season with the hard cap.
Now, the Rockets are contemplating their next move — and it could involve trying to accommodate a desire on the part of Lawson and his agents to find a trade partner for him. Easier said than done. Even the Rockets, who have a long track record of expertly drumming up leverage in seemingly desperate trade scenarios, will struggle to find Lawson a new home. The trade market for him is minimal, league sources tell CBS Sports, and the best move for Houston might be to hold onto him.
There are even whispers in league circles that the Rockets might consider waiving the 28-year-old guard, who agreed to make his $13.2 million salary in 2016-17 fully non-guaranteed as part of the trade.
But there are voices within the league that I trust who are dubious on that point; better for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to keep Lawson as a potential trade piece in another deal between now and the February deadline. “The only team that makes sense already has [Rajon] Rondo,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “There’s no market.”
Well, there is a team not coached by Lawson’s former cheerleader, George Karl, that clearly and desperately needs a veteran point guard: the woeful Philadelphia 76ers. Before Jerry Colangelo came aboard, you know the Sixers would’ve been sniffing around in an effort to collect a few more future picks for the trouble of taking on Lawson — which is likely what it’s going to take for Houston to rid themselves of him. “But not now,” another Eastern Conference executive said. The dynamics have changed in Philly, and they’ve changed for the Rockets, too. Just seven months after losing to the eventual champion Warriors in the conference finals, the Rockets — 11-7 under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff — have set their sights on simply making the playoffs.
David Hardisty: Here’s video of Lawson on 12/2 saying Rockets are “pretty honest” & they told him there’s no truth to trade rumors. bit.ly/1YmBQk1
In what increasingly has become a fruitless experiment, the Houston Rockets are engaging in trade scenarios to move guard Ty Lawson, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Lawson relinquished the $13.2 million player option on his 2016-17 contract to clear the way for Houston to acquire him from the Denver Nuggets in July. Because Lawson has struggled to find a way to play off the ball with star James Harden on the floor, the organization and Lawson’s representatives are moving toward cutting short this experiment, league sources said.
After a recent resolution in his court case for a DUI charge in 2014, the NBA plans to suspend Lawson for two games as soon as Friday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Since arriving in Houston this summer, Lawson has met his requirements off the floor and has had no new incidents. The push to trade him has been based on a poor basketball fit.
The biggest offseason move was acquiring Ty Lawson in a trade with Denver. Lawson lost the starting job to Beverley and is shooting a career-low 33.8 percent from the field. Rumors surfaced that the Rockets were looking to trade Lawson, which team officials denied.
The Rockets have been sniffing around the league for deals and there is a belief among other teams that Lawson could be had in trade, and had cheaply. Lawson is owed $12.4 million this season with the final $13.21 million of his deal being fully non-guaranteed.
As the Rockets search for ways to change, there is a belief that Lawson could be the first Rocket player moved. But given how poorly Lawson has played in Houston and his troublesome off-the-court history, it’s hard to imagine that Lawson alone is going to yield much in return. But as teams start to get desperate, Lawson does have a career assist average of more than 6.5 assists per game and averaged 9.6 per game last season for the Nuggets. Lawson’s salary could return an asset or two and given the rut the Rockets find themselves in, they seem to be a bit more motivated to deal than normal.
Zach Lowe: One more tidbit: Sources say Lawson has agreed as condition of trade to make the final year of his contract — 2016-17 — non-guaranteed. That gives Houston the option of keeping Lawson at his current set salary for 16-17 if things work out, or letting him walk if they don’t. As for why Lawson would agree to this, I’d guess: 1. He wanted out of DEN; 2. He sees the cap space bonanza coming next summer just in case
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Lakers were also a determined trade bidder for Ty Lawson, but Denver clearly preferred what the Rockets offered
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver will send a 2017 second-round pick to Houston, league sources tell Yahoo.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston will send a 2016 protected first-round pick to Denver, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say the Houston Rockets are in advanced discussions on a trade to acquire Ty Lawson from the Nuggets
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver has agreed to a deal to send guard Ty Lawson to Houston, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
“I was just talking to Ty earlier,” Connelly said after the Nuggets’ finale summer league game. “Ty’s going through a rough time right now and we’re all behind him. Ty’s a really good person. He’s a Nugget. “So when one of our guys goes through some issues we support him as a family, and we’re going to stand behind him. I don’t want to comment too much on what’s going on in his personal life, but when any of our guys has an issue we all have an issue. And we want to stand firmly behind him.”
Have you talked to Ty Lawson since his recent arrest on suspicion of DUI? Mike Malone: Yeah. I’ve reached out, but there hasn’t been a lot of contact. He has a lot going on right now. We’re gonna see how this whole process shakes out.
Despite a second DUI arrest in the last six months, embattled Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is generating interest on the trade market, NBA sources told SI.com. Houston, Detroit and the L.A. Lakers are among the teams that have expressed interest in Lawson recently, and there remains a strong possibility the Nuggets could unload Lawson before training camp.
The Nuggets were asking for a first-round pick and a young player for Lawson in trade talks just days prior to his latest arrest, one league source said. Even prior to Lawson’s latest arrest there was little to no interest from teams, another source said.
Q: Do the Nuggets have to move on from Ty Lawson? Chauncey Billups: Yes. I think so. I mean, well, one, Ty, he has not demonstrated what you want from the leader of your team and a guy who they’ve handed the keys to. He’s not demonstrated the kind of leadership that you want. And you have a young kid named [Emmanuel] Mudiay coming in who I think has a chance to be a star in this league. Right now the best player on the team is Ty Lawson. As a young player in the league, you come in 19-20 years old, you oftentimes try to emulate some of the actions on the floor and off the floor of the best player because that’s one day what you want to be. So I think just from the standpoint of the welfare of Mudiay and the well-being and the growth of Mudiay, you have to get Ty Lawson and you have to move him along.
Q: What would you take for Ty? How desperate are you to make that move? Chauncey Billups: It’s tough. You know, I think he just needs a change of scenery. Obviously you gotta get proper value for him because he is still a very good player and I think in the right situation Ty can be good for somebody. But Ty can’t be the leader of your basketball team. I thought they knew that, but you find out how you find out. But I think you try your best to move him but you don’t want to get beat over the head for him. At the moment right now, he’s not giving everybody a good snapshot of what he is, with the immature things that he’s doing, whether it’s social media, the things that he’s saying. So you’re looking from the flips side and you’re saying, ‘Yeah, the guy’s a good player, but do I really want him on my team with all of that?’ You know what I mean? So it’s not just him as a player and what he can do. This is a guy that’s gonna come there, he’s not coming to be nobody’s backup. He’s a starter. He’s a good player. So it’s tough what he’s doing right now.
The Denver Nuggets were rumored to have put Ty Lawson on the trading block and after they selected Emmanuel Mudiay with the No. 7 pick, it looked his time in Denver was coming to an end. Apparently even Lawson believes this, as he was caught on camera saying, “‘I’m going to Sacramento.” Either Lawson knows something that we don’t or he is under the influence of whatever he is smoking. However, if he reunites with Kings coach George Karl in Sacramento then Lawson may be able to see into the future.
With your Mock 7.0 showing Mudiay going to Sacramento, could the Nuggets consider trading Lawson to the Kings for that pick to get Mudiay? Does the Malone hire show what the Nuggets draft plan will be? Nuggets have been trying to make that deal regardless, but so far they can’t get Kings (or anyone else for that matter) to bite on Lawson.
Rumors persist Sacramento coach George Karl will make a play for Ty Lawson, who played for Karl in Denver.
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