The Los Angeles Lakers have their eyes on available point guards at the trade deadline. Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets is another trade candidate the Lakers are interested in, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. The Nuggets are looking at trade destinations for Lawson, who missed the Nuggets' first practice since the All- Star break due to "travel issues."
Lawson is due to make approximately $25.6 million through over the final two years of his contract that runs through the '16-17 season. That could be a big factor in any team looking at upgrading at point guard, as Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic will demand a five-year contract once he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers are also interested in Dragic, though little progress has been reported on that front.
Lawson is averaging 16.9 points and a career-high 10.1 assists per game despite the Nuggets struggles as a team. The Nuggets are a team that have been linked to various trade rumors, mostly tracing back to Arron Afflalo or Wilson Chandler. Head coach Brian Shaw is also interested in finding a way to bring George Hill to Denver, notes Broussard. Shaw coached Hill during his time as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.
The Lakers aren't expected to make any trades at the deadline, but with less than 24 hours left, anything can happen.