Ty Lawson appeared in a Colorado courtroom Friday for a DUI citation he received in that state, and there his attorneys told the judge Lawson will enter a rehab facility in California this weekend, according to the Associated Press.
The troubled point guard attended a pre-trial hearing Friday in Denver, where his lawyer said Lawson enters treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues.
“We will be handling the personal needs of the defendant,” said Lawson’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg. Lawson did not speak at the hearing….
“Now we have a new situation that needs to be dealt with,” Steinberg said Friday, referring to the Los Angeles arrest.
The judge ordered Lawson to use a blood alcohol monitoring device once he gets out of treatment. Also, the judge said she would issue an arrest warrant for Lawson if he leaves rehab early.
Hopefully, Lawson can get sober and deal with his personal issues.
The Nuggets have been trying to trade Lawson since the NBA Draft, but in part because of league-wide concerns about his alcohol use (and the price Denver was asking) there were no takers. While several teams — the Lakers, Pistons, and Rockets — reportedly still have interest in Lawson, those likely are fliers from teams looking to get something for basically nothing. The Nuggets could just waive Lawson outright.
Asked directly in Las Vegas, Nuggets execs said they expect Lawson to be at training camp ready to play. However, with just drafted Emmanuel Mudiay being the rookie star of Summer League and looking like a player, plus the signing of Jameer Nelson, it seems the Nuggets have prepared for life after Lawson.