This summer, it seemed like a smart gamble. Denver wanted Ty Lawson gone, while the Rockets needed a second shot creator and were willing to take on the salary. It seemed to push the Rockets into the realm of contenders for the title.
But it was a gamble, and sometimes the dice come up snake eyes. Lawson is averaging 5.9 points a game, shooting 32.9 percent from the field, he has a career-low PER of 7.9, and the Rockets are 8.6 points per 100 possession better when he is off the court than on it. Pair Lawson with James Harden and the Rockets get outscored by 6.3 per 100. All of it was part of reason former coach Kevin McHale has a lot more free time this holiday season.
So the Rockets started testing the trade waters for Lawson, but they do not run very deep, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.
Even the Rockets, who have a long track record of expertly drumming up leverage in seemingly desperate trade scenarios, will struggle to find Lawson a new home. The trade market for him is minimal, league sources tell CBS Sports, and the best move for Houston might be to hold onto him…..
“The only team that makes sense already has [Rajon] Rondo,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “There’s no market.”
Morey can be patient and see if injury or something else opens up across the league, but the bottom line is — just like talk of moving Dwight Howard — it takes two to tango, and he is going to struggle to find a dance partner. In the case of Lawson we are discussing a player is coming off a couple of rough seasons now, some off the court issues, and with most teams being set at the point guard spot there isn’t a lot of market.
The fact Lawson makes $12.4 million adds to the challenge for Morey, someone is going to have to give him something of value back to get Lawson, and why would anyone do that? The only advantage is that the final season of Lawson’s deal is non-guaranteed, so it is essentially an expiring contract. But that isn’t enough to get it moved.
The trend around the league right now is that there are far more buyers than sellers on the trade market (because so many teams still have a shot at the playoffs), and the teams that are selling are pushing players such as Lawson that draw little interest.