Report: Rockets to ‘strongly consider’ waiving Ty Lawson if no trade –

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The Houston Rockets have reportedly discussed trading guard Ty Lawson to the Utah Jazz, but if that doesn’t work out, his time with the team could be just about over anyway. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Rockets will “strongly consider” waiving Lawson if he isn’t traded.

There are conflicting reports here, however. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Jazz talks were “casual,” and never went anywhere, adding that Lawson will not be bought out.

Three thoughts:

1) Whatever happens with Lawson today, wow, this experiment really didn’t work. When Houston acquired Lawson in July, it seemed like a no-risk move. Perhaps he wouldn’t fit next to James Harden in the backcourt, but the Rockets got him cheap and he agreed to make his 2016-17 salary unguaranteed. No one, though, could have anticipated that Houston would be ninth in the Western Conference at the trade deadline, trying to unload him and perhaps make other significant moves.

2) If a team gets Lawson for essentially nothing, that would be significant. He remains an immensely talented offensive player, but he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. At 28 years old, he’s approaching his prime and should be more motivated than ever to prove he can help teams win. It’s understandable that the Rockets would want to move on, but that doesn’t mean that Lawson is done in the NBA.

3) The Jazz deal always seemed unlikely to me. Lawson isn’t exactly a fan of Utah, and his presence would mean Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood‘s usage rates would go down. That would not be ideal.

Ty Lawson could soon be a free agent, which is crazy.  (USATSI)
Weird day for Ty Lawson. (USATSI)

Report: Rockets to ‘strongly consider’ waiving Ty Lawson if no trade –