The team badly needed a veteran point guard to help kick-start a new season it hopes will produce its first playoff berth in a decade.
The point guard badly needed a team that would help revive his career.
The Kings and Ty Lawson need each other, and they have agreed to a one-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Sunday night.
As of Monday afternoon, the Kings had not made an announcement.
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Lawson posted the news of his Kings deal on his Twitter account, @TyLawson3, late Sunday: “Wassup Sac-town… trying to those cowbells back in action.”
Lawson gives the Kings another veteran point guard who could start opening night, Oct. 26, against the host Phoenix Suns. Starting point guard Darren Collison, who has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence stemming from a May 30 incident in Placer County, is expected to be suspended by the NBA after the case is resolved. The case has been continued several times, and his next appearance in Placer Superior Court is scheduled for Sept. 8.
Lawson, 28, also has had legal trouble, including being charged four times – twice in 2015 – for DUI while playing at North Carolina and in the NBA.
Before Lawson was signed, the only point guards on the Kings’ roster were Collison and rookie Isaiah Cousins, drafted 59th overall in June. At Oklahoma, Cousins played only one season at point guard after moving from shooting guard.
In his seven NBA seasons, Lawson has averaged 13.1 points and 6.2 assists. He was drafted 18th overall by the Denver Nuggets in 2009. After six seasons with the Nuggets, Lawson was traded to the Houston Rockets in July 2015. He made just 12 starts in 53 games with the Rockets, who released him March 1. He signed with the Indiana Pacers six days later and played in their final 13 games of the regular season and seven playoff games. His 2015-16 averages were 5.7 points, a career low, and 3.6 assists.
Lawson’s best season was with Denver in 2014-15, when he averaged 15.2 points and a career-high 9.6 assists while starting all 75 games in which he played.
Lawson will fill a void left by the departure of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, who rejuvenated his career with the Kings last season. Rondo, who signed a one-year contract with the Kings, averaged 11.9 points and a league-leading 11.7 assists. He parlayed those numbers into a two-year, $28 million free-agent contract with the Chicago Bulls.