After a shaky season and in truth, a convoluted few weeks for Ty Lawson, the former Denver Nuggets star has signed with the Indiana Pacers.
The 28-year-old only spent 53 games with the Houston Rockets this term and was only entrusted with 12 starts among them.
The Maryland-native produced the lowest numbers of his career at the Toyota Center, including averages of 5.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists a night.
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Comparatively, in his final season with Denver, he was dropping 15.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 9.6 assists. It was a significant dip in form for the point guard who was expected to add significant firepower to back-up James Harden.
However, Lawson failed to gel with his Rockets teammates or find his stride in a Harden ball-dominated offence.
According to ESPN.com's Ian Begley, New York Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis revealed on Tuesday that Ty Lawson's name, amongst many others, had been thrown around the Knicks front office.
"There's a lot of names that have been bantered about," Rambis said.
"We don't know what's going to happen in the future but those are all names that have all come up."
Despite the Knicks dire need of a point guard, their Phil Jackson insisted triangle offence might not have been the best fit for Lawson, regardless.
However, after Rodney Stuckey's foot injury earlier on in the campaign, the Pacers have been short-handed at the one spot and taking a financially small, short-term risk on Lawson seems beneficial for both parties.
Following Indiana's buyout of Chase Budinger and his subsequent move to the Suns, the 18th pick in the 2008 draft trades the West for the East looking to serve as a suitable backup to resident guard George Hill.
As a five-year-long Pacer, Hill has proven a serviceable player for the Eastern playoff contenders during his tenure, even if he posts unremarkable numbers.
Hill boasts career averages of 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists an outing. Hardly All-Star calibre, but make no mistake about it, Hill's primary job is to facilitate star man Paul George and to that end, he is proven to be effective.
Lawson's inability to gel with Harden might be cause for concern for some Pacers fans hoping he can strike-up a relationship with George quickly. Indiana lies in seventh place in the East at present and they are firmly in the playoff shake-up.
Should they have acquired the confident, ball-handling Nuggets version of Lawson, he'll prove a useful addition in their bid to make a sustained push in the postseason.
If he brings his numbers from the Rockets to the table, then Lawson's value in free agency will take a significant hit from the eight-figure salary his was commanding before the Rockets buyout.