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Report: Ty Lawson traded to Western Conference power

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Report: Ty Lawson traded to Western Conference power

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.)

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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