Rockets expected to keep Ty Lawson past trade deadline

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Nov 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson (3) takes a breather during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A rocky 5-10 start to the season for the Houston Rockets brought about the firing of head coach Kevin McHale, but their struggles also had reasonable questions raised about their primary offseason acquisition, Ty Lawson.

The dynamic point guard we saw in Denver hasn’t manifested at all in Houston. Lawson’s representatives reportedly urged for a trade so he might have a better opportunity elsewhere, but that hasn’t panned out.

As the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches, Sam Amick of USA Today reports that Houston is expected to hang onto Lawson:

Lawson is on the final year of a guaranteed contract with a $12 million salary. That makes it hard to find a viable trade suitor given his performance.

The Rockets are still scrapping, as usual, but they’re finding some rhythm. They’ve won eight of their last eleven games. While Lawson hasn’t established a prolific presence in the back court (in fact, they’re using him as a back up) he still has an opportunity to contribute to a playoff-contending team.

Don’t forget how the Rockets swiveled their way into the Conference Finals last season. This team can be wildly unpredictable with the kind of pieces they have, which worked highly in their favor last season. Keeping Lawson in the meantime, who’s still an undisputedly better playmaker than Patrick Beverley, gives them depth at the position and another offensive tool to help them do what they’ve been doing — make things weird.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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