NBA Trade Rumors: Ty Lawson To New York Knicks

NBA Trade Rumors: Ty Lawson To New York Knicks
Washington Wizards v/s Denver Nuggets January 25, 2011 Keith Allison / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Ty Lawson was the most high-profile off-season acquisition by the Houston Rockets. Lawson was expected to ease the pressure on James Harden and help Rockets reach the next level.


However, Lawson failed to fit into the Rockets’ scheme of things. In 15 games so far, Lawson is averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 assists, compared to last season when he averaged 15.2 points and 9.6 assists with the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets are currently struggling with a 5-10 record.

In a shocking move, Lawson was benched for the entire second half during Rockets’ 102-93 loss to Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, fueling speculations about the point guard’s future in Houston. When asked if he has ever been benched in the second half during his six-year career, the former North Carolina standout told ESPN, “Nope.”

A recent report claims that Lawson could re-join former Nuggets teammate Carmelo Anthony at New York Knicks. The move would make sense since Knicks are desperate for a point guard.

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With interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff calling the shots after the firing of Kevin McHale last week, the Rockets are still adjusting to a new playbook that hasn’t been accommodating for Lawson. Asked if he plans to speak with Bickerstaff about his playing time, Lawson said, “Man, I’m just down for whatever (it takes) for the team to win. Whatever the coach thinks, whatever my role needs to be or anything like that, I’m down to do.”

At this stage, Jason Terry and Patrick Beverley are perceived as better backcourt options. However, Bickerstaff insists that Lawson is needed for his team to start winning again. “We need to get Ty to be Ty Lawson. Point blank. He is a helluva player, skilled, do all the things that we need him to do, he can push it, he can play it. We’ve got to give him the confidence and we’ve got to set him loose. He’s got to do things obviously to help himself. In order for us to reach the level that we want to reach, he was brought in here to be the secondary playmaker next to James. We need that. We need him to make those plays,” Bickerstaff said after Wednesday’s defeat.

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