Updated 02:07 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Denver Nuggets Send Point Guard Ty Lawson to Houston Rockets

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In a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Houston Rockets added point guard Ty Lawson to their roster of players.

Recognizing that it was a risky move, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said in a CBC Sports report that acquiring him will still be worth the risk.

The same report added that Lawson will give the Rockets with their much needed point guard, though Lawson is still currently battling off-court issues after his second DUI arrest in the past week.

ESPN said the player is still in rehab after his arrest, which earned him a 30-day residential treatment program. He was arrested for the same violation seven months earlier in Denver.

"When you're trying to be the best team out of 30 you've got to risk all over the place," Morey said of Lawson's issues.

He also said the the Rockets will help him stay on track after his treatment program, telling ESPN that the point guard will be more determined with the sport after his rehab program.

"Through our conversations with him we feel confident that he's getting the help he needs," the team's general manager added in the CBC Sports report.

"He's one of the best playmakers in the league. We struggled against teams that would really load up on James [Harden] and we feel like that will be a lot more difficult for teams to do that now."

In exchange for Lawson and a second-round pick in 2017, Yahoo Sports said that Houston will send Pablo Prigioni, Kostas Papanikolaou, Nick Johnson, Joey Dorsey, and "a lottery-protected 2016 first-round draft pick" to the Nuggets.

As for the interest of the team on the player despite his personal issues, the same report said that they are willing to take the risk just to acquire a really good point guard.

"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," Yahoo Sports said.

In 2009, Lawson was a drafted during the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves but was traded on the same day to the Nuggets. During his six-year stay in Denver, he averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 assists.

Lawson's agent, Happy Walters, told ESPN that the player is excited to join the lineup in Houston.

"Yeah, they're tight. He played with Corey [Brewer] in Denver. They know each other well. He knows Dwight [Howard] -- he's our client, Corey is our client. Ty has been in this league, and he knows what's up, and he's taking care of himself," said Walters.

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