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Rockets Acquire Ty Lawson From Nuggets

It seemed like only a matter of time until the Denver Nuggets and Ty Lawson finally divorced, and on Sunday night, their split was finally formalized:

Per Wojnarowski, the pick headed to Denver could be conveyed next year, although no details on the protections. Also, Houston receives a 2017 second rounder in the deal.

For the Nuggets, it helps start a new era, as with Lawson’s troubles gone, it paves the way for Emmanuel Mudiay to be the unencumbered face of the franchise. Their haul is surely lower that what they ever thought they would get in return, but they got a couple usable players, a pick and some salary relief, as Prigioni will be waived for less than half a million dollars.

As for Houston, while it is a low risk to add a talented sub-star, it isn’t a guaranteed slam dunk. Players that good are available at that price for a reason, and Lawson, at 27, seems to be a crossroads not just for his career, but his life as well. The Rockets appear to have a plan for him:

The move, in multiple ways, is straight out of the Daryl Morey playbook: acquire players that are desirable trade chips (Prigioni’s low buyout, Papanikolaou is unguaranteed for next season) to flip them in buy low opportunities. Few difference makers will ever come cheaper than Lawson. This was the easy part. Now they have to get him back on track, as well as figure out how he fits with James Harden, Pat Beverley and the rest of the roster.

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