Point guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. Lawson made an official visit to the Kings on Saturday, and was then offered a one-year deal on Sunday. The Kings got the deal done as soon as possible, as Lawson was set to visit the New Orleans Pelicans early this week, according to league sources.
The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Free agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed on a one-year deal with Sacramento, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) August 29, 2016
Ty Lawson signs for Kings
The unrestricted free agent signed with the Indiana Pacers in March after being bought out by the Houston Rockets. Lawson went on to play just 13 regular season games for Indiana. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 assists per game last season. Lawson began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. But after some off-the-court issues, Denver would end up trading Lawson to Houston.
Lawson should sit behind current starter Darren Collison on the depth chart, and does offer Sacramento a solid bench option at his position. The Kings having been looking for guards in free agency after losing point guard Rajon Rondo and shooting guard Seth Curry. Sacramento has already added notable free agents in shooting guard Aaron Afflalo and small forward Matt Barnes. Both players have plenty of experience, just like Lawson.
This is a deal Kings fans will have to keep their eyes on. Lawson is a complicated character, and can either be really good or really difficult. His time in Denver was ruined by off the court issues. During Lawson’s tenure in Houston, he failed to coexist with all-star James Harden. When trying to Lawson’s latest stop in Indiana, he really didn’t spend enough time with the Pacers to draw any conclusions.
Lawson, 28, is now heading into his ninth season in the NBA. The 5’11 point guard out of North Carolina should contribute for the Kings. But Kings fans should not expect Lawson to turn them into a playoff contender.
Nov 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson (3) takes a breather during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports