The Houston Rockets are considering to release out-of-form guard Ty Lawson. The New York Knicks may land Lawson in the summer.
Lawson is going through a poor first season at Houston. He has also fallen behind veteran Jason Terry during crunch rotation.
Earlier, the Rockets’ officials were eyeing to keep Lawson, but his declining play is making it tougher for them to retain the young guard in the roster since Houston is a playoff contender. Currently, Houston is eighth in the Western Conference standings, ahead of Utah Jazz in contention for the final spot for the playoffs.
Lawson is averaging a career-low points per game (6.0) and field goal percentage (38.9) in 51 matches this season. He posted 12 points and four assists in Rockets’ win over Phoenix Suns on February 4. Since then, his shooting percentage has dropped to 22% from the field, averaging 1.5 points and one assist in six games. The Rockets acquired him last summer from the Denver Nuggets by trading lottery-protected first-round picks.
The 28-year-old will be attractive for teams eyeing guard depth for the playoffs. Lawson still owes $3.2 million on his 2015-16 contract, having already been paid $9.2 million, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
Also, on Friday, the Rockets waived guard Marcus Thornton a week after he was acquired from the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN.