Despite being arrested twice for DUI charges in 2015 and currently undergoing rehab, National Basketball Association (NBA) guard and free agent Ty Lawson is being inducted into Houston Rockets after being traded by the Denver Nuggets for guard Nick Johnson, forward Kostas Papanikolaou, guard Pablo Prigioni and center Joey Dorsey and a lottery-protected first-round pick.
At the moment Lawson, who is a six-year veteran and ranked seventh in the NBA last season, holds an average of 15.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 9.6 assists in 75 games played for the Nuggets which placed 12th in the Western Conference during the last season after failing to qualify for the playoffs. Apart from Lawson, Nuggest is also trading a 2017 second-round pick. Emmanuel Mudiay will be taking Lawson’s place as guard with the Nuggets.
The deal, however, will only be made official after all formalities are completed today. While Nuggets failed to make much use of Lawson’s abilities, he is a perfect match for Rockets’ ‘pick-and-roll’ style and might turn out to be one of their most valuable additions when it comes to catch-and-shoot situations on corner 3s.
Apart from Lawson, Rockets have also signed on Patrick Beverley, Marcus Thornton and Corey Brewer earlier this month and have retained McDaniels with a three-year contract ($10 million) who was jubilant about playing for the team and expressed it openly, “I feel great. It’s about time we got it done and I’m just happy to be a part of such a great organization. I felt like this was the right place for me because I’m loyal to the team. I have a great relationship with the players on the team. The city was great to me. I love the organization. I love the history behind the Rockets and the greats that played there. It’s just a blessing.”