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Report: Rockets, Ty Lawson discussing buyout

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Ty Lawson #3 of the Houston Rockets dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 8, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Ty Lawson has wanted to leave the Rockets, but that was easier said than done. It wasn’t as if they could easily trade him.

But with the trade deadline past, there might be another path out of Houston.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Houston Rockets and guard Ty Lawson are exploring a contract buyout, league sources told The Vertical.

Lawson is owed $3,502,446 the rest of this season.

It might be in his best interest to give up some of that money to find a better environment (nearly anywhere else) and reestablish his value. Lawson will certainly become a free agent this summer, because he -- foolishly, it turns out -- allowed his salary next season to become fully unguaranteed on condition of his trade from the Nuggets.

But he ought to be careful about throwing good money after bad. He has already lost what would have been an eight-figure salary for next season. Maybe he should just pocket all of this season’s salary.

The Rockets are $524,148 below their hard cap. Shedding Lawson would open a roster spot to sign a free agent -- another player who has taken buyouts, a D-Leaguer or a player coming from China when that season ends. Houston still has a portion of the mid-level exception available, which could give the Rockets an upper hand over other teams offering only a minimum salary.

There could be plenty of common ground for a buyout number.