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The Houston Rockets and Ty Lawson part ways after contract buyout

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Despite Ty Lawson's best assertions that he would remain a Houston Rocket after only half-a-season in Texas, it emerged on Tuesday night that the point guard and the Western playoff contenders had reached a buyout agreement for the remainder of his contract.

The 28-year-old arrived in Houston from the Denver Nuggets last summer as part of a trade and was expected to add yet more firepower to a franchise already boasting one of the premiere scorers in the league, James Harden.

On paper, a complementing guard for Dwight Howard and Harden seemed liked a prudent move, but Lawson has failed to replicate the form he exhibited with the Nuggets that had spawned calls of All-Star credentials more than once.

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In fact, the Maryland-born star displayed significantly lower numbers this term than his previous six. Lawson racked up averages of 5.8 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds from 22.2 minutes on the floor - that's about a third of his productivity with the Nuggets in over 10 minutes less action.

It's been a tough break for Lawson, who just couldn't find his niche in Houston. Harden is obviously the go-to-guy for the Rockets, but his ball dominant style left little room for Lawson to make an impact.

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Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical tweeted on February 18 that tentative talks of a trade to Utah regarding Lawson came to nothing, but the Rockets the would not buyout Lawson.

A little over a week later, conflicting reports began to surface and Wojnarowski confirmed the struggling Western contenders were exploring the idea of parting ways with their underwhelming star.

It's been a tough break for Lawson, who just couldn't find his niche in Houston. Harden is obviously the go-to-guy for the Rockets, but his ball dominant style left little room for Lawson to make an impact.

When the former North Carolina standout is on his game, he is a reliable point scorer that also serves up just south of 10 dimes a game, on average.

Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets

Now that he has been waived, there are surely plenty of suitors within the league that could do with a dynamic point guard that is hungry to prove his worth.

A change of scenery might just do the trick for Lawson; he's shown during his seven-year tenure in the NBA that he can be a point guard for the right team, not a talent confined to the shadows of the bench.

The Rockets were expected not to pick up their option on Lawson's contract this summer, meaning Lawson would have been free to test the waters of free agency regardless.

Denver Nuggets v New Orleans Pelicans

Whilst he might not command over $13 million like another year in Houston would have given him, free agency will give Lawson the opportunity to find the right home and to find the peak of his powers.

The 5'11" guard isn't even 30-years-old yet; there's plenty of reason to believe he'll be an attractive proposition to a number of franchises.

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