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Report: Nuggets agree to trade Ty Lawson to Rockets

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The Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal to send embattled point guard Ty Lawson to Houston, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Nuggets will receive Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, and a protected 2016 first-round pick for Lawson, reports Wojnarowski.

The Rockets, meanwhile, will receive Lawson and a 2017 second-round pick from Denver.

Lawson is again in legal troubles surrounding his second driving under the influence arrest in 2015. Lawson is serving out a 30-day sentence in an alcohol rehabilitation center in Malibu, Calif. after being arrested for DUI on Tuesday.

Given his troubles with the law, it's certainly a bold move on Houston's part to acquire Lawson. The 27-year-old has two more seasons remaining on his contract for a total of $27 million.

However, the Rockets were mandated by superstar James Harden to acquire some more playmakers following their playoff exit. Given that there wasn't an elite point guard in free agency, the Rockets went to the trade route to appease Harden.

The move also isn't costing Houston anything of substantial value. Losing a protected first-round pick and a promising prospect in Johnson hurts, but they weren't going to make a serious impact for the Rockets next season.

Instead, a healthy and well-behaved Lawson would represent the Rockets' best point guard since they parted ways with Kyle Lowry in 2012.

For Denver, the move sheds Lawson's negative presence from the locker room while clearing the way for No. 6 pick Emmanuel Mudiay.

Lawson has been a strong contributor for the Nuggets since being drafted 18th overall in 2009. Last season, Lawson averaged 15.2 points and 9.6 assists in 35.5 minutes per game. His 3-point percentage dipped to a career-low 34.1 percent, but he boasts a solid career average of 36.9 percent accuracy from deep.

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