Houston Rockets Aquire Ty Lawson via Trade

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News has surfaced via Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski that the Denver Nuggets have agreed to trade embattled Point Guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets.

Houston Receives

Denver Receives

Ty Lawson KostasPapanikolaou
2017 2nd Round Pick Pablo Prigioni
Joey Dorsey
Nick Johnson
2016 Protected 1st Round Pick


Ty Lawson is currently serving a 30 day forced rehabilitation stay after being arrested for his second DUI this year. Lawson is expected to be allowed to return to action in time for the upcoming season. It’s a bold move for Houston to acquire him given his recent troubles but even prior to the arrest it was expected that a trade for Lawson away from the Nuggets would be the best move for both parties. The Nuggets drafted Emmanuel Mudiay with the 7th overall selection and he has shown a lot of promise so far in Summer League action. The Nuggets look to reload with a younger core and hope to surprise a few people in the tough Western Conference.

Lawson has been considered an upper echelon Point Guard in the past but has faced a slow decline in the last few years as his off court antics have gained more headlines than his on court skills. In 2014/2015 he averaged:


Name Points Assists Rebounds Steals Turnovers
Ty Lawson 15.2 9.7 3.2 1.4 2.6


Lawson was drafted with the 18th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and has 2 years ($26 million) remaining on his current deal.

The Nuggets acquired some players with potential in Kostas Papanikolaou and Nick Johnson but none that are of the same ilk as Ty Lawson.

Name Age Draft Position Games Played Minutes Points Assists Rebounds Steals Turnovers
Kostas Papanikolaou 24  R2/P18 (2012) 43 18.5 4.2 2.0 2.7 0.7 1.3
Pablo Prigioni 38 N/A 24 16.8 3.0 2.8 1.6 1.1 0.6
Joey Dorsey  31  R2/P3 (2008) 69 12.4  2.7 0.4 4.0  0.6 0.6
Nick Johnson  22  R2/P12 (2014 28 9.4  2.6 0.4  1.4  0.3 0.7


It’s clear that Lawson’s legal problems have dampened his value which will have cost the Nuggets quite a bit potentially compared to his value without any off-court issues. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with James Harden and Dwight Howard and if he can get his act together in Houston he may be braced for a resurgent season on a very solid Rockets team.




  • Denver will waive or trade Pablo Prigioni


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