Daryl Morey is at it again. For the second time in his tenure as GM Morey has managed to take advantage of a team willing to give away an All-Star Caliber player for small potatoes. The Denver Nuggets & Houston Rockets have agreed to a trade that will send Starting Point Guard Ty Lawson to the Rockets for…….small potatoes. The Denver Nuggets were in a tough position because of Ty Lawson’s latest DUI arrest had brought Lawson’s value down considerably; despite the fact that Lawson was the sole reason that the Denver Nuggets weren’t approaching 70 losses last year. Obviously two DUI arrests in two years shows a disturbing pattern of irresponsible behavior. In addition, because major companies/corporations are so image conscious in this age of social media there’s almost no tolerance for any type of criminal activity from its most valuable employers. Even if said employee is a clear difference maker. Pundits & analysts will microanalyzer his flaws as a player & off-court transgressions; but make no mistake about it, this is a coup for the Houston Rockets considering they gave up none of their core players from last year. Despite his recent DUI issues, when Lawson has been on the court he has been one of the best point guards in the league. As a matter of fact, you could make the argument that he was the one of the best players taken in that 2009 Draft.
The major problem the Houston Rockets had in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors was that there wasn’t a second player that could consistently sustain offensive productivity when James Harden was struggling. As great as Dwight Howard is defensively, he’s just not skilled enough offensively to consistently command a double team from opposing teams. So when Harden was shooting poorly…..there was no one else to pick up the slack. Basically, the Rockets just didn’t have that third All-Star caliber player to compete with Golden State’s All-Star trio of Curry, Klay Thompson, & Draymond Green. They now have that 3rd player to take some of the offensive responsibility away from Harden.
Although the Rockets gave up much more to acquire Harden (Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, & two 1st Round picks compared to One 1st Round pick & a couple of expiring contracts for Lawson) It still ended up being a great trade simply because Harden was the best player out of the trade & he has been nothing but exceptional for Houston. Lawson can provide that same type of huge impact that could put Houston right up there with the other elite western conference teams. Although nothing is for certain in sports, Lawson has a 6 year track record of high level point guard play to suggest that he’s going to make a huge impact for the Houston Rockets…..just as long as he’s not experimenting with dirty sprite while celebrating after wins next season.