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Lawson, Rockets Reportedly Agree to Part Ways
Tuesday, March 1
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported on Feb. 26 about the possibility that the two sides could part ways.
Lawson Commented on Future with Rockets
Saturday, Feb. 27
Feigen provided Lawson's take on his role in Houston before he was bought out:
I'm just happy here. My role, I'm going to keep playing hard every day. I'd rather stay here.
Hoping things turn around, we get into the playoffs and make things happen. Up and downs, it's a little frustrating there's always some types of talks. I'm glad to be here. Just going to play hard and see what happens.
I like the city, I like my fans. I mean, I like my teammates. It's a good fit. I want to be here.
I have no idea, even just on the floor and as a team, we're buried as the eighth seed, but I feel like things are moving in the right direction. I just try to fit in and make things happen.
Lawson Had Hard Time Fitting in with Rockets
Wojnarowski noted the Rockets could use potential savings from Lawson's salary to explore adding players who become available during the buyout period.
Interestingly, in that same Wojnarowski report, he mentioned the Rockets "won't" buy Lawson out of his contract. Things can change quickly, especially with Houston looking to salvage something from what has been a frustrating and chaotic season for the franchise.
Lawson did have one more year on his contract after this season, which was worth $13.2 million, per Spotrac.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown told reporters (Watkins) that "those things have never happened" involving Harden.
Lawson did not get acclimated in the Rockets' system well this season, mainly because Harden is a ball-control guard, so there aren't as many touches available for other guards. Lawson, a former first-round pick, has been a disappointment in his first season with the Rockets.
Even though the numbers don't look good for Lawson this season, he can provide a team needing guard depth with scoring and passing as long as he is able to consistently touch the ball.