Ty Lawson, Rockets Reportedly Agree to Buyout

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson (3) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Phoenix. The Rockets defeated the Suns 116-100. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Point guard Ty Lawson will reportedly be bought out of his contract by the Houston Rockets as the team fights for a spot in the playoffs. 

Continue for updates. 


Lawson, Rockets Reportedly Agree to Part Ways

Tuesday, March 1

Calvin Watkins of ESPN reported the Rockets have completed the buyout agreement. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle confirmed the news.

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. 

The Rockets were exploring trades involving Lawson prior to the deadline. Wojnarowski reported on Feb. 18 the team had "casual" discussions with the Utah Jazz about a deal, but nothing materialized. 

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

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported James Harden lobbied the front office for Kevin McHale to be fired as head coach and to get Dwight Howard traded. 

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.