Coach Dave Joerger expects Lawson to play between 30-to-40 minutes during the first eight games of the season, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
The eight games are in reference to the amount of time projected starter Darren Collison is slated to miss while on suspension, so it appears Lawson is going to get a ton of minutes early on as his replacement in the starting lineup. Early last week, Lawson was reportedly on thin ice with the team after missing a team flight, as well as showing up late to a shootaround, but after speaking to the coaching staff, the two sides were able to work past those previous issues and Lawson should be cleared for a big start to the season. With that said, Collison is fully expected to take the starting point guard role back following his suspension.
Lawson (personal) managed five points (1-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, four assists, and three steals over 24 minutes in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Clippers.
Lawson has been on thin ice with management throughout his short tenure with the Kings. He was absent for a mandatory shootaround earlier in the preseason and missed last Saturday's game with an unexcused absence. The 28-year-old had been in line to start the first eight games of the regular season in place of Darren Collison (suspension), but was forced to come off the bench in this game, as Ben McLemore and Garrett Temple were given the starting nod. It's worth keeping an eye on whether this was a temporary punishment or a more permanent demotion.
Lawson missed the team flight to Saturday's exhibition game against the Wizards, but the Kings were apparently satisfied with whatever reason he provided for the absence. The veteran, who also missed a shootaround earlier in the preseason, is believed to be on relatively thin ice, though he remains on pace to begin the regular season as the starting point guard while Darren Collison (suspension) misses the first eight games.
Lawson was also reportedly late for a Kings' shootaround in Las Vegas last week, so it's clear that management is not too happy with these recent events. He is currently slated to replace Darren Collison in the starting lineup at point guard, as Collison has been suspended for the first eight games of the regular season. However, if Lawson doesn't get his act together, he could find himself on a suspension of his own or could even end up being waived, as his contract isn't fully guaranteed.
Lawson missed Saturday's 124-119 preseason win over the Wizards for personal reasons, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
It's not certain how long Lawson will be away from the team, but unless the Kings indicate otherwise, he's in line to open the season as the starting point guard while Darren Collison serves an eight-game suspension. Lawson will slide into a lower-minute role with the second unit once Collison returns, however, so his fantasy value doesn't figure to be long lasting.
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