Ty Lawson's days in Denver are done.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets for Lawson, a D.C. area native, Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night.
One of the top point guards in the NBA, the former Bishop McNamara star averaged 15.2 points last season and finished third in the NBA behind Chris Paul and John Wall with 9.6 assists. However, the rebuilding Nuggets drafted point guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the NBA. That move provided one of several indications that Lawson's days in the Mile High City appeared up in smoke.
Lawson stated as much draft night during a bizarre video. Trouble recently resurfaced when Lawson was arrested Tuesday for his second driving under the influence since January. He is expected to enter a rehab facility before facing charges.
If Lawson receives the necessary help for a full recovery, the patient Rockets will receive a strong addition to their backcourt, headlined by James Harden.
The 2015 MVP runner-up, Harden is a ball-dominant guard, but Houston hoped to add some help this offseason. Lawson's 3-point shooting ability makes him a strong off-the-ball partner*. As for the cost, the Rockets really didn't lose much. They will send a 2016 protected first round pick, forwards Joey Dorsey and Kostas Papanikolaou, plus guards Pablo Prigioni and Nick Johnson, Wojnarowski reported.
The Rockets return the bulk of the team that lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals and now add Lawson to a core led by Harden, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley and Corey Brewer.
The real hope is that Lawson adds the necessary positivity for a real-life turnaround and then can begin pondering how he fits in with his new team.
(*This is in contrast to John Wall, who is the overall superior point guard, but not a strong 3-point shooter. This comes up because the Wizards reportedly were in the mix to acquire Harden from Oklahoma City in a trade package involving Bradley Beal back in 2012. Obviously, Harden developed into one of the NBA's elite players. That doesn't mean a pairing with Wall would get the best out of both players, but it's something that many a Wizard fan still ponders in a "What if" sort of way.)