Ty Lawson to Remain with Kings After Missing Team Flight

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SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 10: Ty Lawson #10 of the Sacramento Kings brings the ball up the court against Maccabi Haifa on October 10, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Sacramento Kings met with point guard Ty Lawson after he reportedly showed up late to a shootaround earlier in the week and missed a team flight to Kentucky, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Sunday.

On Monday, TMZ Sports reported that Lawson was partying with teammates Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein and boxer Adrien Broner at a Las Vegas nightclub the night before, sharing video (warning: video contains NSFW language):

Sources told Stein that Lawson "faces an uncertain future" in Sacramento, but on Monday, Lawson was taking part in the day's practice session, according to James Ham of CSN Bay Area, who added Lawson "survived for the moment and will remain part of the Kings roster."

Ham noted the Kings "had a zero-tolerance policy in place, but Lawson’s explanation of the situation has extended his stay with the team, at least for now."

Kings head coach Dave Joerger later told reporters that there was "no incident" with Lawson and that the point guard had a "personal issue."

Lawson's career has taken a nosedive since the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 15.2 points and a career-high 9.6 assists.

In July 2015, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. It was the fourth such occurrence dating back to his time with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He entered a 30-day treatment program following the arrest.

Shortly thereafter, the Nuggets traded Lawson to the Houston Rockets, where his time with the team was a disaster. The 28-year-old averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 assists per game, and the Rockets had a minus-8.1 net rating when he was on the floor, per NBA.com.

The Rockets bought out his contract, and he finished the 2015-16 season with the Indiana Pacers.

The Kings signed him in August. With Darren Collison suspended for the first eight games of the regular season, Sacramento likely envisioned that Lawson would play significant minutes to start the year.

However, Lawson's recent infractions could jeopardize his future with the team. Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy noted that no part of Lawson's contract is guaranteed, so the Kings wouldn't incur any financial hit if they released him.

In the event Sacramento offloaded the eighth-year guard, Jordan Farmar or Isaiah Cousins would likely take over at the point until Collison returns. While not a natural point guard, Garrett Temple could fill in as well.

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