One problem: There isn’t much of a market for the point guard.
It appears Houston has accepted that.
Sam Amick of USA Today:
Even though he’s on the final guaranteed season of his contract, Lawson has a salary ($12,404,495) too high for most trade scenarios. It’s hard for teams to aggregate enough salary to match his without including a player more valuable than him.
The teams with junk contracts that would work will have a tough time appeasing the Rockets for a couple reasons.
1. Houston is bound by the hard cap and just under the line, limiting its options.
2. The Rockets have played better lately, winning eight of 11. They’re seventh in the Western Conference and just 1.5 games behind the Grizzlies for fifth and a likely first-round matchup with the Clippers – by far the most vulnerable of the West’s top four teams. Lawson has helped Houston’s modest turnaround as a decent backup point guard. Plus, his DUI suspensions are behind him.
The Rockets are probably best off using Lawson in a limited role the rest of this season, waiving him afterward and using the resulting cap space to upgrade their roster.
I’m sure they’d listen if another team puts together a reasonable package for Lawson. It just seems everyone realizes that probably won’t happen.