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Western Rumors: Lawson, Davis, Jazz

New Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the club made a “good move” by dealing troubled point guard Ty Lawson to the Rockets last month, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports. The Nuggets received a protected 2016 first-round pick, four players and cash for Lawson in the trade. “We wish Ty well. I mean that sincerely. That’s not just coach talk,” Malone said to Jhabvala. “We all wish him well. But it was a move that we felt was a good move for us. I hope he’s able to get his life in order, and when he does, we all know he’s a special player.” Malone added to Jhabvala that he had input on the deal. Lawson has completed his court-ordered 30-day stint in an alcohol rehabilitation program, according to Mark Berman of FOX26 Sports in Houston. Happy Walters, Lawson’s agent, told Berman via text message that Lawson was released on Monday afternoon. Lawson entered the program after being charged with two DUIs in seven months.

In other news around the Western Conference:

  • Glen Davis expects to sign a contract by the end of the month, he told’s Maggie Gray (video link). Davis, one of the remaining unrestricted free agents on the market, said in the interview that he doesn’t want to play for a rebuilding club. “I want to go on a team that’s competing for a championship,” he said. The Clippers have shown interest in re-signing Davis.
  • Treveon Graham’s three-year, minimum-salary contract with the Jazz has a $75K guarantee, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets. The former VCU shooting guard signed with Utah on Monday.
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4 thoughts on “Western Rumors: Lawson, Davis, Jazz

  1. Chuck Myron

    If Lawson rights himself, it could be an interesting argument in two years: Emmanuel Mudiay or Ty Lawson, to win one game in 2017. Who would you take?

    • Chris Crouse

      In 2017 it might be close, but Mudiay should reach heights that Lawson wasn’t able to. The kid is going to be special. He should have been the third pick behind Okafor and Towns.

      • MaineSkin

        Lawson could get to the basket at will on any defender at one point.

        • Dana Gauruder

          Lawson had some nice years in Denver. Hopefully, he can get his career back on track in Houston.

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