It’s no secret the Denver Nuggets would like to trade Ty Lawson, but the point guard continues to torpedo his trade value every chance he gets. Lawson was busted for DUI in Los Angeles on Monday night, his second DUI arrest in 2015, according to TMZ.
This news comes not long after it was revealed that Lawson wouldn’t be able to attend his basketball camp due to his “traveling schedule.” The camp is slated to run from July 14-17.
Lawson’s name has come up as a trade candidate for several months now thanks to his off-the-court problems (he was also charged with domestic violence in 2013, although that charge was dropped) and poor attitude that was part of a bigger locker-room issue in Denver before Brian Shaw’s firing. The Nuggets just signed veteran point guard Jameer Nelson to a new long-term contract and drafted point guard Emmanuel Mudiay seventh overall, setting up for a possible Lawson trade.
But with each transgression, Lawson’s trade value gets lower. While he’s still one of the better offensive point guards in the NBA, other teams won’t want to give up any type of significant asset in order to take on a possible locker-room cancer. It’s hard to see Denver getting much of value now in a deal, and perhaps there’s a buyout if a trade can’t be made:
Denver Nuggets considering waiving Ty Lawson after latest DUI arrest, per #NBA sources. Lawson has two years, $25.6 mil left on contract.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 14, 2015
Outside of basketball, it seems clear that Lawson needs some help with these issues. One DUI arrest in a year is bad enough, but now he’s had two in about half a year. Whichever team he winds up with, or even if he stays in Denver, hopefully they work with him to try to fix these problems.