Atlanta Hawks point guard Shelvin Mack is reportedly on the move, as the team has shipped him to the Utah Jazz in exchange for a second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Stein also reported the Rockets and Jazz are discussing a swap involving Lawson for a package that includes Trey Burke.
Considering Lawson hasn't managed to eclipse Patrick Beverley as a starter in Houston and has had off-court issues, such as four DUI arrests, it makes sense Utah may be hesitant to take the risk.
But whether Mack will make any considerable impact with the Jazz is up for debate.
Mack has appeared in only 24 games for the Hawks this season and is averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 assists per contest. The 25-year-old is buried on Atlanta's depth chart, which features past All-Star Jeff Teague and gifted youngster Dennis Schroder.
Jody Genessy of the Deseret News discussed Mack prior to the deal being completed:
I'm told the Jazz have been chasing Shelvin Mack for years, so this makes sense. It would make Hayward happy too. https://t.co/9x873U8seF— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) February 18, 2016
That last bit of analysis is relevant, too, because Mack starred in college at Butler, where Utah franchise cornerstone Gordon Hayward was a teammate. A reunion between those two comes with built-in chemistry that can aid Mack's assimilation to the rotation.
Now that he's on the way to the Jazz, Mack will have to hope Burke is on the move, or else minutes might be hard to come by.
Not only is Utah going to evaluate Burke as much as it can if it keeps him since he's a former lottery pick, but the Jazz also have Dante Exum waiting in the wings. Raul Neto plays only 20.5 minutes per contest, yet he's the current starter at point guard.
Utah is a young team in the thick of playoff contention, so it has to hope the deal won't tamper too much with the current makeup of coach Quin Snyder's squad.