Latest On Ty Lawson, Nuggets, Kings

2:22pm: Karl is “enamored” with the notion of trading for Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler, Berger writes in another piece, presumably in a deal that sends out Cousins. The Nuggets are open to trading Lawson and Chandler, but the Poison Pill Provision attached to Faried’s recently extended contract would make the salary-matching cumbersome for any deal involving him before July, Berger adds.

TUESDAY, 10:45am: Karl would consider trading Rudy Gay for Lawson, a source told Chris Broussard of ESPN in a story that centers on Kings owner Vivek Ranadive’s unwillingness to allow any DeMarcus Cousins trades. That would seemingly throw Karl’s ability to engineer a Gay-Lawson trade through Kings front office chief Vlade Divac into question, though that’s just my speculation.

MONDAY, 5:24pm: The Nuggets and Kings have discussed a deal involving Ty Lawson, but the sides have found little traction, league sources tell Ken Berger of Chad Ford of suggested as much in a recent chat. Sacramento has been pursuing Lawson from Denver with the sixth pick at the heart of would-be deals, as Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders wrote in his NBA AM piece earlier today. Kyler nonetheless hears that Denver’s demands for Lawson are too high for the Kings and that Sacramento isn’t on board with giving up the No. 6 choice and future draft picks for Lawson.

Still, the Kings continue to make Nik Stauskas available, Berger reports, while the Nuggets are involved in a potential trade scenario that would send their No. 7 pick to the Knicks, an executive from another team told Berger. The Nuggets would also give up the right to swap first-rounders with the Knicks next year, one that they gained via the Carmelo Anthony trade, in such a deal, Berger adds.

Kings coach George Karl would reportedly love for the team to acquire Lawson, whom he coached with the Nuggets. Still, Denver was asking for multiple first-round picks for him at the deadline, as Grantland’s Zach Lowe reported.

Stauskas, whom Sacramento took eighth overall last year, became available as early as this past January, as Berger reported then. Knicks president Phil Jackson has expressed a willingness to trade back from the No. 4 pick, and speculation has resulted in numerous such scenarios.

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7 thoughts on “Latest On Ty Lawson, Nuggets, Kings

  1. Daniel

    I think the nuggets need to trade Lawson to the rockets who knows James harden could use a great point guard with Dwight Howard

  2. David

    “The Nuggets would also give up the right to swap first-rounders with the Knicks next year, one that they gained via the Carmelo Anthony trade.”

    The Knicks owe their 2016 1st rounder to the Raptors. What would the incentive be for them to get Denver to give up the right to swap?

      • Chuck Myron

        Denver has the right to swap picks, and the Raptors would get the less valuable of the two. So I think what Berger is saying is that the Knicks would essentially get Denver’s pick in the arrangement, unless it’s worse than their own, in which case they’d keep their own and send Denver’s to Toronto.

        • David

          Got it. That makes much more sense. That would be a big move given the Denver’s likelihood of changing their roster. It will probably be a lottery pick they’d give back to the Knicks.

  3. Z.....

    Seriously…I’m not understanding why George Karl took that job in the first place, especially when there were other jobs available this offseason that he was a better fit for, and especially if he wanted to move DeMarcus Cousins right after that city barely kept their team. If he wanted to coach the Denver Nuggets again, he technically could have

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