Ty Lawson hasn’t exactly had a great year off the court. But after an offseason telling everyone that his issues were behind him, he’s had a positive training camp and preseason, earning rave reviews from Dave Joerger. But the good vibes may have come too soon, as Lawson is reportedly having issues staying focused in the past few days.
Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson will have to meet with team officials to explain himself after missing the Kings' recent flight to Kentucky for an exhibition game, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that Lawson was late to a Kings shootaround in Las Vegas earlier this week, then missed the team's trip east before Saturday night's Sacramento/Washington preseason game at the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena, which represented a homecoming of sorts for Kings star DeMarcus Cousins and Wizards counterpart John Wall.
The Kings attributed Lawson's absence from the lineup in Lexington to "personal reasons." He has since returned to Sacramento, sources said, and faces an uncertain future with his new team after the week's events.
With Darren Collison already slated to miss eight games due to suspension to start the season, the Kings were counting on Lawson to man the PG spot. But now with this uncertainty hanging over how much Lawson has actually overcome his well-documented problems, the team might be forced to look elsewhere.James Ham has reported in his podcast that Lawson’s leash would be very short, and he would be gone at any sign of trouble. This might just qualify.
Jordan Farmar has had a solid preseason, and if the Kings are so inclined, he may just end up getting that 15th spot on the roster over Lawson. It is an undeniable talent downgrade, but the Kings really can’t afford any distractions in the locker room. Their margin of error is too small. Lawson will have a chance to explain himself, but he better make a damn good case. His career is hanging in the balance.