Well Kings fans, we officially have our stop-gap point guard. Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a Woj bomb on Kings fans late tonight with the news that Sacramento had signed Ty Lawson to a one year deal. According to Woj:
Free agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed on a one-year deal with Sacramento, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) August 29, 2016
Lawson visited with Kings on Saturday, sources tell @TheVertical. New Orleans had shown serious interest too.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) August 29, 2016
The Kings need of a point guard on opening night has been well documented throughout the offseason. Lawson has an immense amount of talent and normally I would be thrilled with the signing of such a player. Unfortunately, Ty's off-court issues have dominated the news cycles for the past couple of years. He has had four DUI arrests (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) as well as a 2013 domestic violence complaint that was later dropped. Marc Stein also broke the story that Lawson would sometimes come to practice under the influence of alcohol. According to Nuggets president Josh Kroenke:
"There were times when he was better than others. But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don't want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you know know. You could smell it"
Last season was also the worst statistical year that Lawson has ever played through. He posted career lows across the board with 5.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, and 1.8 RPG while playing 21.4 minutes per contest. It's a far cry from just two short years ago when he averaged 17.6 PPG, 8.8 APG, 3.5 RPG and played 35.8 minutes per night. He could not stay in the rotation for Houston or Indiana.
The Kings need point guard depth and Lawson has had some extremely productive NBA seasons. Unfortunately, his personal struggles seem to have impacted his on-court play as well. Vlade has always talked to bringing in high character guys for the locker room, but the signings of Matt Barnes and Ty Lawson have to make you question his judgement. Hopefully, Ty has gotten his personal life in order and can begin to prove himself opening night.