Ty Lawson was once regarded as one of the upper-echelon point guards in the NBA. Last season, he posted career lows in points, field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. Now, he’s searching for an opportunity to show his worth again even if it’s not in an up-tempo style offense.
Lawson, 28, is open to playing in any system and even playing off the ball. He has been working on moving without the ball and trying to add versatility to his overall game this offseason.
He understands that an effective, well-rounded guard in today’s NBA must play and move well without the ball, which Lawson has been working on with his trainers, Chris Gaston and Ivorie Manning in Los Angeles.
Last offseason, Lawson was rumored to be traded to the Sacramento Kings due to his ties with former head coach, George Karl. It never happened! On July 20, 2015, the Nuggets traded Lawson to the Rockets and it never worked out in Houston.
// He started at point guard in Houston’s first 11 games of the season under coach Kevin McHale, but after McHale was fired, he was moved to the bench under J. B. Bickerstaff.
On December 18, 2015, Lawson was suspended for two games and on January 7, 2016, he was suspended for three games by the NBA for driving under the influence from an incident committed in July of 2015. The Rockets already had too many distractions as a whole and soon after, on March 1, the Rockets waived him in a buyout agreement.
Lawson definitely had a rough season but is ready to move on and help whoever his next team is because he believes in his ability to put up big numbers as he once did in this league.
Should the Kings take a gamble on Lawson?
The Kings really need a point guard and signing a talented player such as Lawson, who can score and facilitate for his teammates, can help in the short-term and it would give Vlade Divac more time to sort out his point guard situation until next season.
The Kings have yet to inquire about his services, but that won’t stop Lawson from working hard and being open to signing with Sacramento.
When I asked him if he was interested in playing for the Kings and playing for Dave Joerger, he quickly responded, “Of course.”
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