Before the season, Ty Lawson was seen as the low-risk move that would put the Houston Rockets in the NBA elite.
It’s been nowhere near that. Lawson couldn’t mesh with James Harden (two guys who wanted the ball in their hands, and not to set up Dwight Howard), and even when platooned Lawson was not a spark for the Houston second unit. Lawson with the Rockets ended up being a disaster, one of several that has the team struggling to even make the playoffs. It was time to part ways, even if Lawson tried to say publicly that’s not what he wanted.
Tuesday, the Rockets and Lawson have agreed to terms of a buyout, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports and since confirmed by other sources.
After an initial apprehension to parting with Lawson after the NBA trade deadline, the Rockets will use the savings from the buyout to clear salary-cap space and likely sign another guard, league sources said…
Lawson has no predetermined post-buyout destination, but would be eligible for a new team’s playoff roster because he met the league’s March 1 waiver deadline.
Lawson will clear waivers then become a free agent.
Some team in need of a point guard depth — or looking for a test run with him before the summer — will take a flyer on Lawson on a minimum deal. That could include the Knicks, but Lawson likely would rather land on a team headed to the postseason. Lawson averaged 5.8 points shooting below 40 percent, plus 3.4 assists per game this season in dwindling minutes.