Tag: Darren Collison

Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

Report: Lakers, Rockets, Pistons interested in trading for Ty Lawson


Ty Lawson’s trade value — already not very high, Denver has been trying to move him since the draft to no avail — plummeted this week when he was arrested for his second DUI this year.

But it is not dead.

At least three teams are still interested in potentially dealing for Lawson — the Lakers, Rockets, and Pistons, reports Chris Mannix at Sports Illustrated.

While Lawson’s off-court problems have raised red flags, teams remain intrigued by his talent. Last season, Lawson averaged 15.2 points per game in 75 games with the Nuggets. His 9.6 assists per game was good for third in the NBA—the second straight season he finished in the top three in the category. And with this summer’s exploding salaries—five years, $80 million for Detroit’s Reggie Jackson; four-years, $70 million for Dallas’s Wesley Matthews—the two years, $25 million Lawson has left on his contract is a reasonable number.

As Mannix notes, do not leave Sacramento off the list of potential Lawson suitors. Kings coach Goerge Karl was a huge fan of Lawson and coached him in Denver, he might want him back (although with Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison why they would add Lawson is beyond me… or logic).

Any team that brings him in needs to be concerned about the potential locker room distraction, and what punishments he could face for the multiple DUIs. Maybe a fresh setting can change things for Lawson (especially if there is a potential playoff berth and something worth playing for on the line), but if he has an addiction issue a move alone will not be enough. There’s a lot for teams to assess.

There is not much interest in Lawson, but it is more than zero.

Report: Sacramento Kings may be interested in Eric Bledsoe trade

New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly about to sign Brandon Knight to a five-year, $70 million deal and move Eric Bledsoe out the door, less than a year after giving Bledsoe a similar deal. It’s an interesting choice, if for no other reason than Bledsoe is the better player. But there are concerns about Bledsoe’s long-term health (he’s had a couple of knee surgeries) and how well he will play within a team system. Clearly the Suns have made their choice.

What team might be interested in Bledsoe?

How about the Sacramento Kings, pairing Bledsoe with his old Kentucky running mate DeMarcus Cousins. It’s one possibility, reports Sean Deveney at the Sporting News.

The Kings, one source said, are expected to express interest in Bledsoe. While Sacramento has been buried in rumors involving center DeMarcus Cousins, a league executive said the Kings have been far more focused on improving the point guard position. The Kings started Darren Collison at the position, but would like to move him into a backup role. And if Sacramento keeps Cousins, bringing in his former Kentucky teammate and good friend surely would help to keep him happy.

Whatever happens with Bledsoe, expect it to happen later rather than sooner.

“I would expect that to be a situation that you would be OK with extending into the late summer,” the league executive said. “There is no hurry and you have to know someone is going to be out there looking to make a move once the dust settles.”

The Kings are looking for a point guard who can quarterback George Karl’s up-tempo system, and Bledsoe has potential there. He averaged 17 points and 6.1 assists a game with the Suns last season, and he had the highest PER of any player on the roster at the end of the season.

However, the Kings may be looking hard at Ty Lawson, who is likely on his way out of Denver. George Karl has some interest in a lot of his former Nuggets players (from a team that won 57 games, but a few years ago).

As noted above, expect this to take some time to play out, but the Kings are at least one team to watch.

Report: Sacramento Kings ‘a darkhorse location’ for Rajon Rondo in free agency

Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Pelicans

Rajon Rondo was believed to be in line for a large payday on a multi-year contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, but after a disastrous stint in Dallas, he may be forced to change his plans.

Rondo clashed with head coach Rick Carlisle, and essentially quit on his team in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavericks floated a “back injury” story as the reason he was sent away, but the reality was the team was simply done with him, and chose that route instead of dealing with a needless controversy during its first-round playoff series.

Dallas didn’t even give Rondo a playoff share, which shows the level of distaste the organization felt for him in the brief time he was there.

Things may have changed for Rondo on the free agent market because of all this, and now teams who traditionally can’t lure free agents to sign may believe they have a shot — and evidently, this includes the lowly Sacramento Kings.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

A darkhorse location for Rajon Rondo in free agency is Sacramento, where the Kings are entering a pivotal year in their franchise and could use a bona fide point guard. Darren Collison, coming off hip surgery, is the team’s scheduled starter for next season. Rondo, who didn’t appear interested in going to the Kings a few years ago, could use the club as a springboard to perhaps a larger contract if he signs a one-year deal. Rondo is also close friends with Kings forward Rudy Gay.

Sacramento may only be an option if Rondo decides to sign a one- or two-year deal in order to rehabilitate his image, before then trying to land a larger, multi-year deal to play somewhere that’s actually appealing.

But from a pure entertainment standpoint, the personalities of Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins on the same team? Sign me up.