Lawson has agreed to a deal with the Shandong Golden Stars in China, freelance reporter David Pick reports. There were reports in mid-July that Lawson had secured a contract with the Shanxi Dragons in China, but those were shot down by Lawson on his personal Twitter account. He will indeed play in China next season, however, just with a different squad. Seemingly no NBA teams were interested in his services and/or asking price after he posted 9.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes per game with the Kings during the 2016-17 campaign.
Updating a previous report, Lawson announced on his personal Twitter account that he hasn't signed with the Shanxi Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. Lawson was reportedly slated to head to China following little interest on the open free agent market, but it appears he still has hope of latching on with another NBA team for the upcoming campaign. With the regular season still months away, Lawson will continue to shop around for potential suitors, but he'd likely be no more than a reserve option if he signs with another team. Last year with the Kings, Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes.
Lawson has agreed to a contract with the Shanxi Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports. Lawson spent the entire 2016-17 campaign with the Kings, averaging 9.9 pints, 2.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes. He shot 45.4 percent from the field, but also a career-low 28.8 percent from deep, which severely hurts his value in today's NBA landscape. After fielding minimal interest as a free agent, he'll now head overseas to China after eight seasons in the NBA. He'll join Luis Scola as two former players playing for the Shanxi Dragons. There's no word on whether or not Lawson's current deal with come with an opt-out clause in case NBA teams come calling during the upcoming season.
Lawson will be rested for the Kings' final game of the season Wednesday against the Clippers, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Just one game after Lawson dropped his first career triple-double, he will be rested, effectively ending his season. He will finish the year averaging 9.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes per game. In his absence, expect Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans to see the bulk of the work at point guard considering that Darren Collison (head) will also be sidelined, as he's dealing with a migraine headache.
Lawson registered 22 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 12 assists, 11 rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes in a 129-104 win over the Suns on Tuesday. It's the first career triple-double for Lawson, who has turned in his best ball of the season over his last three appearances, recording double-doubles and clearing 20 points in each of those contests. While he's been outstanding for DFS owners, Lawson has been more frustrating for those in season-long leagues due to coach Dave Joerger's tendency to periodically rest his veterans. Lawson has only played in half of the Kings' last three games, and will likely be unavailable for the season finale Wednesday against the Clippers, as Darren Collison (head) is expected to reenter the lineup in his stead.
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