The Washington Wizards are reportedly “seriously considering” signing free agent point guard Ty Lawson while John Wall continues his recovery.
The Washington Wizards are reportedly “seriously considering” signing free agent point guard Ty Lawson while John Wall continues his recovery from a knee injury, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter.
Lawson, 30, last played in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings during the 2016-17 season. He proved himself a capable player still, averaging 9.9 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, and shooting 45.4% from the floor during his 25.1 minutes per game he averaged.
This past offseason, Lawson signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association along with other former NBA player Donatas Motiejunas.
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It’s no surprise that the Washington Wizards are looking into a player like Lawson. Given that Wall is likely going to be out for at least five to six more weeks, the team could use some depth at the point guard position.
Currently, Tomas Satoranksy and Tim Frazier have been filling in for Wall, and have been performing fairly well. Satoransky has been especially good, averaging 11.8 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 56.7% from the floor over his past eight games.
While Satoransky and Frazier have been filling in fairly well, adding a player like Lawson or another free agent point guard, like Derrick Rose whom the Wizards have also been linked to, makes a lot of sense.
It’s also a fairly low-risk move for the Washington Wizards. If they sign a free agent point guard like Lawson or Rose and they turn out to not be any good (or if they get hurt, which in Rose’s case is very possible), then the Wizards are right back where they are now.
However, if they sign a free agent point guard like Lawson or Rose and they turn out to be good, that could help propel the Wizards even further up the Eastern Conference standings, and it would allow the Wizards to take their time getting Wall back.