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Trade Destinations for Ty Lawson

By Manny Geraldo, 12/18/15, 10:00PM EST

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After only twenty six games into his Rockets' career,  it appears that Ty Lawson's days in Houston are numbered. As reported by Yahoo, the Rockets are seeking to trade the 28 year old point guard.  The Rockets traded for the point guard in July but it doesn't seem to be a good fit for Lawson or the Rockets.

Lawson, who has career averages of 13.7 points and 6.5 assists, is statistically having his worst season as a pro. He is averaging 5.9 points and 4.2 assists in 25 minutes per game. Only in his rookie season did Lawson average fewer minutes per game.

A trade would be best for Lawson's career at this point. There are a number of teams that could use an upgrade at the point guard position. Below are three destinations where Lawson could flourish.

New York - Jose Calderon is at the helm now, but Lawson would be an upgrade for the Knicks. The 34 year old Calderon's assists and scoring have dipped from last season; his assists from 4.7 to 3.7 and his scoring from 9.1 to 7.4. 

The Knicks are the 24th best team in the NBA for assists per game and need some help at the guard position.  New York would be a great landing  spot for Lawson to revive his career. He'd be paired with point guard-turned coach Derek Fisher, All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, and possible Rookie of the Year candidate Kristaps Porzingis. Lawson could be the missing piece for the Knicks as they push for a playoff spot.

Miami - Despite being the fourth best team in the Eastern Conference, Miami is only the 25th best team in the NBA in assists per game. The Heat have little to no depth behind Goran Dragic after trading Mario Chalmers to the Memphis Grizzlies. Dragic is averaging 5.2 APG, just slightly better than Lawson's 4.2 APG. 

While Dragic would remain the starter, Lawson would prove to be a valuable bench player for a playoff bound team. Lawson would provide depth behind Dragic and serve as an insurance policy for a player who has never played an entire 82 game season.

Utah - The Jazz are on the cusp of being a playoff team despite being the third worst assist team in the NBA.  Starting small forward Gordon Hayward leads the team in assists at 3.1 APG. Raul Neto is the team's starting point guard but only averages 17 minutes per game, sharing minutes with Trey Burke who actually averages more minutes per game, 23.1, off the bench than Neto.

The Jazz are the second youngest team in the NBA with an average age of 23.4. Lawson might be the veteran the Jazz need.  He would provide the Jazz with stability at the point guard position and if they sneak into the playoffs, Lawson is a player with 24 playoff games worth of experience. 

 

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