The day after their regular season wrapped up, the Wizards signed veteran point guard Ty Lawson to add more backcourt depth to their roster before the playoffs. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.
Lawson, 30, gives the Wizards a fifth point guard behind John Wall, Tomas Satoransky, Tim Frazier and Ramon Sessions. Given that dynamic, it's hard to see him getting much playing time, especially considering he's joining a new team just days before the postseason begins.
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Lawson comes to the Wizards after spending most of this season with the Shandong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Associaton. He last appeared in the NBA with the Kings during the 2016-17 campaign and through seven NBA seasons has also played for the Nuggets, Pacers, and Rockets.
With the Kings in his last season, Lawson appeared in 69 games and averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He shot 45.4 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from three.
During his prime NBA years, Lawson was known for his speed and ability to score on the fastbreak. In his mid-20s he helped lead some good Nuggets teams with borderline All-Star numbers.
It is unclear what Lawson can still provide and we may not see much of him at all in the playoffs. The only scenario where would see the floor is if the Wizards plan on moving Tomas Satoransky to the wing and to the extent where he can't be the backup point guard anymore. That would open the door for one of the remaining point guards to be Wall's primary backup.
In the four games, Wall played to close out the season, head coach Scott Brooks tightened his rotation to the point where neither Sessions or Frazier played, and neither did primary backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks. The Wizards instead rolled with Satoransky as their third guard and made do with that trio.
What we do know is that the Wizards had been interested in Lawson going back to February when they began their pursuit for free agents to fill out their roster. Lawson was considered when the Wizards signed Sessions, but they kept tabs on him and ultimately struck a deal.
Now Lawson gets another chance in the NBA and it happens to be with his hometown team, as he is from nearby Clinton, Md.
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