Lawson agreed to a contract Saturday with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.com reports.
Lawson will assume the roster spot of Andrew Goudelock, who was ruled out for the season with a knee injury. The point guard previously played for Shandong last season and averaged 25.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game before latching on with the Wizards once the CBA campaign ended. The 31-year-old didn't draw much interest from NBA suitors this past offseason, but could resurface in North America in the spring if he impresses in China again.
Lawson totaled 14 points (4-10 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists and three rebounds across 31 minutes in Tuesday's 130-119 loss to the Raptors.
After signing a deal with the Wizards just under a week ago, Lawson came out in Game 2 and played 31 minutes off the bench, providing a spark shooting from deep by connecting on four threes. After seeing no time in Game 1, Lawson saw more run than anyone expected, and it seems as though the team is comfortable letting him operate as the third guard in the rotation with John Wall and Bradley Beal for the rest of the series.
Lawson signed with the Wizards on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Lawson was out of the NBA this season after there was seemingly no interest in his services, and he ended up signing with the Shandong Golden Stars in China. Lawson will be the second backup point guard the Wizards have signed over the course of the last month, as they also brought on Ramon Sessions in mid-March, which leaves them with a fairly crowded backcourt heading into the postseason. As a result, Lawson likely won't be playing much more than a deep bench role while Washington's season is still alive.
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.
Lawson started at point guard and finished with 20 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 assists, two rebounds and one steal across 28 minutes during Sunday's 135-128 loss to the Rockets.
Lawson has sat out three of the Kings' last five games for rest, but he's been excellent in the two contests he's suited up for during that span, registering 20-point, 10-assist double-doubles both times out. It helped that coach Dave Joerger has held fellow veteran point guard Darren Collison out Sunday, and it seems likely that Joerger will stagger his usage of the two players for the Tuesday/Wednesday back-to-back set to wrap up the season. Because Lawson is only likely to play in one of those games, he'll have more limited appeal in season-long leagues with weekly lineups, but the 29-year-old should be an appealing, cost-effective DFS option whether he suits up Tuesday against the Suns or Wednesday against the Clippers.
Lawson will draw the start in Sunday's tilt against the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With Darren Collison (rest), Tyreke Evans (rest) and Arron Afflalo (rest) all sidelined for Sunday's tilt, Lawson will draw the start at point guard. He's been absent for the past two Kings' games due to rest and has averaged 26.1 minutes per game since the All-Star break -- a possible indication of his workload for Sunday's contest.
Lawson will sit out Friday's game against the Lakers for rest purposes, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento (KXTV) reports.
It's Lawson's second game off in a row for rest, and with the veteran point guard set to become a free agent over the summer, the rebuilding Kings don't have much incentive to find court time for him. Darren Collison will be active Friday and should return to a starting role at point guard, while Langston Galloway will likely move back to the bench and serve as Collison's primary backup.
Lawson will sit out Tuesday's game against the Mavericks for rest, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento reports.
The Kings continue to rest some of their veterans down the stretch, with Darren Collison and Kosta Koufos also getting the night off Tuesday. Langston Galloway is the only other true point guard on the roster with both Lawson and Collison out, and should see extended minutes, while both Garrett Temple and Tyreke Evans could also spend more time as a ball handler.
Lawson recorded 21 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 11-14 FT), 11 assists, two rebounds and one steal across 25 minutes during a 123-117 win over the Timberwolves on Saturday.
Lawson turned in possibly his best performance of the season as he paired the scoring and distributing together to gather his first double-double of the season. He also got to the free throw line a season-high 14 times. He vastly outplayed starting point guard Darren Collison, who scored just seven points across 26 minutes. Lawson has scored in double figures in his last four games played. He may be given some more rest as the regular season comes to a close.
Lawson will be held out of Friday's game against the Pelicans for rest purposes, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.
Lawson will get the night off along with Arron Afflalo (personal), Anthony Tolliver (rest) and Kosta Koufos (rest), allowing coach Dave Joerger to evaluate some of the team's younger options at multiple positions. The absence of Lawson should be most beneficial to Darren Collison and Langston Galloway, who figure to handle most of the minutes at point guard. Lawson figures to return to the rotation for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves.
Lawson (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Lawson has missed two of the previous four games while battling knee soreness, and was ultimately given a questionable designation for Wednesday's game. He appears to be trending toward playing, as the team just upgraded his status to probable. Expect further confirmation as tip-off approaches.
Lawson is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz with quad tendonitis, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.
Lawson had missed time recently with knee soreness, but it appears as though another concern has come about with one of his quadriceps. It's possible the team may just be taking caution with the veteran point guard with the regular season winding down, but regardless, in his absence, look for Darren Collison to handle majority of the point guard duties Wednesday with Langston Galloway potentially filling in as his backup off the bench.
Lawson (knee) returned to the lineup Monday against the Grizzlies and he finished with 10 points (2-3 FG, 6-10 FT) over 19 minutes.
Lawson missed Sunday's outing against the Rockets with a sore right knee, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury in this performance. He dropped 20 points in 24 minutes in Friday's appearance against the Warriors, but you should expect production somewhere in between that outing and Monday's performance.
Lawson won't be available off the bench Sunday against the Rockets due to right knee soreness, Kings sideline reporter Kayte Christensen reports.
The Kings didn't list Lawson on the injury report prior to Sunday's game, so the point guard may have tweaked the knee in pregame warmups. It's likely not a major concern for Lawson, as the Kings have been holding out their veterans fairly liberally for minor injuries or rest purposes since the All-Star break in an effort to evaluate younger options and improve their odds in the draft lottery. Lawson was coming off a 20-point, two-assist performance over 24 minutes in Friday's loss to the Warriors, but don't expect him to deliver many outings of that caliber over the final two and a half weeks of the season. He was averaging just 8.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 three-pointer in 22.8 minutes per game in his prior six appearances before the 20-point outburst.
Lawson will get the start at point guard for Friday's matchup against the Warriors.
The Kings have opted to give Darren Collison the night off for rest purposes, so Lawson figures carry most of the load at point guard as a result. The veteran is averaging 8.8 points, 3.1 boards, and 5.5 assists in 21 starts this season. Expect him to return to a reserve role in Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Lawson appeared in court in Denver on Thursday and denied allegations that he violated the terms of his probation stemming from his 2015 DUI conviction, Jesse Paul of The Denver Post reports.
Denver court records alleged that Lawson violated probation by testing positive for alcohol on two occasions back in September 2016 and once in February 2017, but Lawson and his lawyer refuted those claims, instead asking that the 29-year-old be monitored by an alcohol testing device before appearing in court again in six weeks. That timetable means that Lawson likely won't be in store from any punishment from the league before the season concludes, but since his contract is set to expire this summer, it wouldn't be surprising if Kings coach Dave Joerger elected to phase the veteran out of the rotation in order to evaluate younger guards signed beyond 2016-17. Lawson is averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game over his last six appearances and doesn't offer much appeal outside of deeper leagues.
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