Ty Lawson heading to Houston Rockets after trade agreed with Denver Nuggets

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Controversial point guard Ty Lawson has found a new home away from the Denver Nuggets.

Trade move

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran is heading to the Houston Rockets as part of a trade deal that will see Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and a protected first round draft pick go to Denver.

Alongside Ty Lawson, the Houston Rockets will receive a 2017 second-round draft pick from the Nuggets.


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Lawson's future had been unclear in recent weeks after he was arrested for a second DUI and, although Denver had said they would support him in off-the-court rehabilitation, there had been speculation the veteran would leave the Nuggets before the new season.

Despite his issues away from the hardwood Lawson is known as a play-making ball-handler and the Rockets are clearly hoping that their calculated risk to bring him on board will relieve some of the responsibility on All-Star, James Harden.

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Calculated risk

If Lawson can exercise his demons then Houston will feel they have come out of this trade on top. The Nuggets, though, are now free from the distraction that the player's recent issues with alcohol have inevitably brought to the franchise.

What this means for Houston Rockets' point guard of choice last season, Patrick Beverley, remains to be seen.

Beverley is more defense-minded than Ty Lawson so, depending on how quickly Lawson can get back on track, will have a role to play.

The new arrival is also likely to face a league suspension for the multiple DUI incidents in 2015, not to mention that he is currently in a rehab facility in California. With that in mind it is unclear at this stage how the Rockets will line up early on in the 2015-16 NBA season.

Denver future

As for the Denver Nuggets, Ty Lawson's departure officially sees the team place their faith in first-round draft pick Emmanuel Mudiay.

The Nuggets as a whole are looking to focus on a core of young players as they look to turn the tide on some difficult recent seasons.

In putting the responsibility on Mudiay and relieving themselves of Ty Lawson they will have come away from the Houston Rockets trade relatively happy even if the new arrivals from Houston aren't exactly roster certainties.

NBA fans: Will the Houston Rockets regret this trade, or are they now real contenders in the West? Have your say in the comments below...

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