Ty Lawson has reportedly agreed to sign with the Indiana Pacers. Earlier this week, Lawson and the Houston Rockets agreed to a contract buy-out.
The Houston Rockets’ experiment to put Ty Lawson in the same court with James Harden failed miserably this season. Free agent guard, Lawson, now has to find a new home and the Indiana Pacers have shown interest in signing him. Lawson can play for any team in the playoffs as the Rockets released him before the March 1 midnight deadline. The Pacers eye to sign Lawson as a back-up guard for George Hill. Lawson cleared the waivers on Thursday.
According to a report published in the vertical, the 28-year-old guard will be reporting in Indiana on Sunday. The Pacers will be waiving forward, Chase Budinger, to create space for Lawson, according to league sources.
Lawson is expected to add speed to the Pacers’ offense. He can also compliment players like Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey as a daring guard who is capable of attacking the rim.
Lawson has averaged 13.3 points and 6.2 assists in his seven year NBA-career. But his average descended drastically to 5.8 points and 3.4 assists in 22.2 minutes after joining the Rockets last summer. He was third highest in the 2014-15 league in terms of assists, posting his career best average of 9.6 assists and 15.2 points per game, according to Indy Star. Lawson played for six years for the Denver Nuggets, and was arrested twice in 2015 for drunk driving.
Chase Budinger will be leaving the Pacers after a brief stint, but the forward practiced with the team on Thursday and is expected to don the Indiana colors when the Pacers face the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.