It was just a few months ago when the Houston Rockets traded for Ty Lawson. Now it seems his career in Space City may already be coming to an end as the Rockets are hunting for buyers on his contract.
According to Steve Tyler of Basketball Insiders:
The Rockets have been sniffing around the league for deals and there is a belief among other teams that Lawson could be had in trade, and had cheaply. Lawson is owed $12.4 million this season with the final $13.21 million of his deal being fully non-guaranteed.
As the Rockets search for ways to change, there is a belief that Lawson could be the first Rocket player moved. But given how poorly Lawson has played in Houston and his troublesome off-the-court history, it’s hard to imagine that Lawson alone is going to yield much in return. But as teams start to get desperate, Lawson does have a career assist average of more than 6.5 assists per game and averaged 9.6 per game last season for the Nuggets.
And Lawson has been legitimately awful for the Rockets. There are different ways a chemistry experiment can fail. Sometimes something might blow up in your face when something you weren’t expecting happens. The other is when you expect something to happen when you combine two elements, and nothing does. With Lawson to the Rockets, it’s more the latter.
Lawson was supposed to be that second shot creator next to James Harden. But he’s been so awful that he was first moved to the bench, and now he’s been glued to it, virtually taken out of the rotation. Interim coach, J.B. Bickerstaff, told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
We want to simplify our rotation. We want to make sure we have guys in comfortable positions. With Pat coming back, that gave us another body in the mix. Obviously, we’re going to play Pat. We want to see him out on the floor, giving us what he brings.
We’re trying to find out (players) that complement one another and we’re trying to find guys that help us win first and foremost.
Whether the Rockets can move him, all depends on if they can convince a team to roll the dice that he can return to his level of play from 2014-15 when he was averaging 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game. This year, he’s registering 7.2 and 4.4 with a relatively recent DNP on his slate. That’s going to make it tough.