But a person with knowledge of the negotiations, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of talks, said a buyout is very unlikely.
“I’m just happy here,” Lawson said. “My role, I’m going to keep playing hard every day. I’d rather stay here.
Lawson is owed$3,210,575 the rest of this season. After allowing his 2016-17 salary ($13,213,482) to become fully unguaranteed on condition of his trade from the Nuggets, how much more would Lawson leave on the table to pick his next team now?
Likewise, how much do the Rockets value shedding Lawson after already clearing a roster spot by waiving Marcus Thornton? Though Lawson has come FAR short of meeting expectations, he’s still a decent backup point guard, and Houston is still in the playoff mix.
It’s not too late for the sides to change their minds. As long as Lawson is waived by tomorrow, he’ll be eligible to play in the playoffs for another team.
But that’s a pretty strong statement by Lawson. If he thought a buyout were plausible, he likely would’ve left more ambiguity.