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The Denver Nuggets have traded point guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and Kostas Papanikolaou.
The Nuggets were considering moving Lawson ever since the season ended, but once they drafted Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, it was just a matter of when and where Lawson would be moved to.
It’ll be interesting to see how this move shakes up the Western Conference. As many question marks as the defensive backcourt of Harden and Lawson may raise, you have to believe that Lawson will benefit tremendously playing alongside one of the best players in the world.
Via Yahoo Sports!:
For Denver, the ability to secure a first-round pick in an otherwise barren market for Lawson was something of a coup for general manager TIm Connelly. The Rockets get a borderline All-Star talent with Lawson who could be a difference-maker in getting them over the top in the Western Conference. Obviously, Houston is running the risk that it can help Lawson get his personal life on track again.
After Lawson’s second DUI arrest in six months, market interest for him had been severely curbed, league sources said. Nevertheless, the Rockets have had a strong interest with him and were willing to take the risk of working to get Lawson the assistance he needs to become a top-level NBA point guard again. For the Nuggets, the 2016 first-round pick, Papanikolaou and Johnson deliver them back legitimate value on a deal for a player in a rehabilitation facility.