The Washington Wizards are seriously considering signing free agent point guard Ty Lawson to a contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Washington Wizards are seriously considering signing guard Ty Lawson, league sources tell ESPN. Discussions are ongoing. Lawson, 30, played for Shangdong of the China Basketball Association this season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 12, 2018
Lawson, 30, played part of last season with the Sacramento Kings before being released. He then traveled to China and played in the Chinese Basketball Association for the rest of last season and the first half of this season.
Lawson, a North Carolina product and former NCAA champion, has seen his career decline in recent years. Once a gifted, starting-caliber point guard, Lawson would likely serve in a veteran role where he would see less minutes than his earlier years.
With injuries to guards John Wall and Tim Frazier, Washington is in dire need of adding another point guard and plans to continue its search in the coming days, according to reports. The team has also reportedly considered Derrick Rose, who was recently waived by Utah, along with Ramon Sessions and Briante Weber, who are both free agents.
Lawson spent eight seasons in the NBA, including his first six with the Denver Nuggets. He holds career-averages of 12.7 points and six assists per game, scoring 9.9 points and dishing out 4.8 assists per game in his last NBA season with Sacramento.
He was drafted at No. 18 in the 2009 NBA Draft.