The Houston Rockets have sealed a deal with troubled Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, according to league sources. The Rockets didn’t have to sacrifice any player in playoff rotation to secure the contract of six year veteran Lawson. The guard was notified on Sunday that he was on his way to Houston, though a trade officially can’t be completed prior to Monday. Houston was eager to rope in a playmaker for the coming season.
The Rockets and the Nuggets have agreed to a deal that will land Lawson in the former for a package of non-guaranteed contracts and also a protected first-round pick for next year, according to ESPN.
The Nuggets have secured the full non-guaranteed contract of forward Kostas Papanikolaou and partially guaranteed deal of Pablo Prigioni. Along with it, they will get Joey Dorsey and Nick Johnson.
Lawson is currently in a Los Angeles rehab after his second DUI arrest in 2015. Denver may also send second round pick of 2017 to Houston with Lawson, as revealed by the sources.
The 27-year-old point-guard was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles due to suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested before in Denver for the same offense in January.
Lawson’s next court appearance in Denver is scheduled on August 20.