With Lawson joining the Kings for the 2016-17 season, it becomes his fourth team in three years. The former first round pick out of North Carolina in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves (who promptly traded him to the Denver Nuggets) has bounced around since his departure from Denver, having latched on with Houston, Indiana, and now, Sacramento.
Still just 28 years old, Lawson is only just over a season removed from a 2014-15 campaign with the Nuggets where he averaged 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game. During his height in Denver, which started in 2011 and concluded in 2015, he started all but three of the 271 games he played in. For his career with the Nuggets, he averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 assists per contest.
It’s been quite the precipitous fall for Lawson, who has had multiple run-ins with the law concerning drunk driving. It would cost five games over the course of last season on two separate guilty pleas, where the NBA would suspend him.
Prior to the start of last season, the Houston Rockets put together a package of five players to acquire him, just to waive him in March. He would latch on with the Indiana Pacers for their Postseason push, and even play in seven games in the Playoffs, but his performance was nowhere near the 21.3 point, 8.0 assist performance he had in six games for Denver back in 2012-13.
The team currently employs Darren Collison and Garrett Temple at the point guard spot. The non-guaranteed deal will do anything but assure Lawson playing time, but should he regain old form, there’s no reason to believe he can’t be in the running for significant minutes within the Kings’ run-n-gun tempo.