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Rockets Discussing Lawson Trade With Jazz
Thursday, Feb. 18
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported both sides held "casual talks" on Lawson, but those have since ended and the teams have moved on. Wojnarowski added the Rockets won't buy out Lawson after the trade deadline.
On Wednesday, ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Rockets were aggressively shopping Lawson and have approached the Utah Jazz about a trade for point guard Trey Burke because of Utah's hunt for a veteran point guard.
The Jazz would need to take on another player for salary-cap purposes, but Utah is "seriously weighing" the trade, per Stein.
Bucks Have Shown Interest in Lawson
Friday, Jan. 22
"A name that continues to get connected to the Bucks is Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson," Kyler wrote, "but sources close to the Lawson situation say a deal to Milwaukee is highly unlikely at this point."
Rockets Looking to Shed Lawson's Contract
There are outside concerns with Lawson that have been well documented. He's been suspended a total of five games this season, most recently sitting out three games from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12 for his DUI arrest last summer, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com.
The Rockets have Lawson under contract through next season, though his $12.4 million salary this season and $13.2 million in 2016-17 combined with a diminished performance doesn't make him seem like a strong fit, even with rising cap numbers.
But the Rockets don't have depth at point guard with Patrick Beverley battling inconsistent play and injuries this season, so Lawson's presence on the roster may be more valuable down the stretch.
Contract info per Spotrac.