Ty Lawson has been grabbing headlines for on and off-court reasons, as the NBA hoopster was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) recently. But a few hours ago, it is his trade to Houston Rockets from Denver Nuggets which has brought him into the limelight once again.
Apart from Rockets, other teams such as Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons were also interested in signing the point guard, who was the 18th overall pick when the 2009 NBA Draft took place.
Following his off-field problems, teams might have cooled off, but the Rockets were more determined than others to bring Ty Lawson to Toyota Center in Houston. The Rockets might have taken a big risk in trading Ty Lawson, who started treatment for alcohol abuse last week.
ESPN sources say the Nuggets have traded for non-guaranteed contracts and a 2016 protected first-round pick. The sources further add that Nuggets will obtain non-guaranteed contract of Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson.
Of all the above-mentioned players, it was only Nick Johnson who stood a chance of being included in Rocket's rotation in the upcoming season.
The transfer Ty Lawson, who was informed about the trade on Sunday evening, is only expected to be completed on Monday, which might please fans as they are aware of the talent the star possess.
In his six years with Denver Nuggets, he came up with some terrific performances and won games on his own.
Rockets fans might also be excited with the prospect of seeing their all star player James Harden being in the same team alongside Ty Lawson, as the duo can tear teams apart in the NBA.
Had Lawson been a Rockets player last season, things could have been different in the Playoffs and who knows, they could have won the NBA title as well. With Lawson in their team, they are one of the biggest threats this season and if Harden retains last season's form, other teams will find it tough against Rockets.
But it remains to be seen who will handle the ball in the upcoming season for Rockets – Harden or Lawson?