The Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement to trade guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Houston will send Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and a lottery-protected 2016 first-round draft pick to Denver, sources said. Along with Lawson, the Nuggets will send a 2017 second-round pick to Houston.
For Denver, the ability to secure a first-round pick in an otherwise barren market for Lawson was something of a coup for general manager TIm Connelly. The Rockets get a borderline All-Star talent with Lawson who could be a difference-maker in getting them over the top in the Western Conference. Obviously, Houston is running the risk that it can help Lawson get his personal life on track again.
After Lawson's second DUI arrest in six months, market interest for him had been severely curbed, league sources said. Nevertheless, the Rockets have had a strong interest with him and were willing to take the risk of working to get Lawson the assistance he needs to become a top-level NBA point guard again. For the Nuggets, the 2016 first-round pick, Papanikolaou and Johnson deliver them back legitimate value on a deal for a player in a rehabilitation facility.
Lawson, 27, entered treatment for alcohol abuse last week after he was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles.
The Rockets re-signed Patrick Beverley to a four-year, $25 million deal this summer. After now adding Lawson, they could have one of the best point guard combinations in the NBA.
Part of the urgency of getting a deal done on Sunday was the need to include Prigioni in the trade before Monday's deadline to guarantee his $1.6 million salary for the 2015-16 season. Denver plans to trade or waive Prigioni in the next 24 hours, league sources said. Prigioni will be owed $440,000 if waived on Monday.
Denver's plan is to turn the team over to rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in the June NBA draft, and veteran guard Jameer Nelson.
Lawson was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. He spent his first six seasons with the Nuggets and averaged 15.2 points and 9.6 assists – third-most in the league – in 2014-15.
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