Lawson signs 4-year extension with Nuggets


Lawson signs 4-year extension with Nuggets

DENVER (AP) Ty Lawson has signed a four-year, $48 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. The deal eliminates a distraction that's been hanging over the team and its star point guard for weeks.

``It Looks like im going to be a nugget for another 4 yrs..Thanks to the Kronke family, Masai, nuggets fans and everybody 4 believing In me'' Lawson tweeted before the team flew to Philadelphia on Tuesday for its season opener Wednesday night.

A team spokesman told The Associated Press after the team's arrival in Philadelphia that Lawson had signed his extension. The Denver Post reported the deal was worth $48 million.

Lawson averaged 16.4 points and almost seven assists last season, his first as a starter. Since jumping from to the NBA in 2009 after leading North Carolina to the NCAA championship, he's averaged 12 points and 4.8 assists.

``We felt Ty was ready to take on a lot of responsibility last season and he proved he could handle it,'' team vice president Masai Ujiri said in a statement Tuesday night. ``He is maturing as a leader on the court and in the locker room, so it was an easy decision for us to sign him to an extension.''

Easy decision but difficult negotiation.

Ujiri first spoke of an extension for Lawson on the day after the season ended in the spring, but the issue dragged on and on.

Lawson had said in recent days that the contract impasse was weighing on him, and coach George Karl lamented that the business of basketball wasn't the right energy to have in the days leading up to the regular season.

Without a deal by Wednesday, Lawson would have been eligible for restricted free agency next year, and another team could have front-loaded an offer that would have made it difficult for Denver to match.

More importantly, without a new deal, the star of the team would have been making $2.55 million this season, less than eight of his teammates, including backup big man JaVale McGee, who inked a deal in the offseason that will pay him some $10 million this season.

Now Lawson is the second-highest paid player on the team behind Andre Iguodala, who will make about $14 million in 2012-13.

``This new contract is a reflection of his hard work and dedication throughout the past three seasons with our organization,'' Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said. ``Ty is a dynamic player, a wonderful person, and someone we expect to lead us into the future.''

Karl has said Lawson must become more consistent on the floor and embrace more of a leadership role like he did - at times - during Denver's seven-game playoff loss to the Los Angeles Lakers last spring.

``I think so much of leadership is your daily attitude, daily energy and daily approach. I'm not a big believer that leadership comes from your mouth. I think it comes from your actions,'' Karl said. ``Ty is usually very good at that when we get 5-on-5 oriented.

``Some of the other stuff, I think Ty understands what he has to do this year. I think he's ready. After Game 1 of the Laker series, he was one of the top two or three guys on the court in most of the games. That's the type of consistency we need him to bring every game. He's got to understand it's an 82-game schedule and who you beat isn't as important as how many you win. Ty sometimes gets caught up in the spotlight game, but not every game.''

Recently, Lawson said Karl didn't wait for training camp to start harping on him about being more of a leader. He said Karl was ``texting me all summer.'' He saved the 20 or so texts, and they were all like this one, Lawson said:

``Leadershp, what are you doing? are you leading right now. I'm asleep, it's 12.''

It's not really anything new from Karl.

``When I first got to the team, I don't think it was my role. He wanted me to be a leader then,'' Lawson said. ``But what do you want me to say to Carmelo and Kenyon? I'm a rookie. Now I'm in more of a position to be a leader.''


AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed.


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What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

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Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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