The regular season may be over, but the Washington Wizards are still making moves by signing veteran point guard Ty Lawson, according to Yahoo Sports. Lawson will be on the team’s postseason roster when they take on the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs on Saturday.
Lawson spent this season playing for the Shandong Golden Stars in the Chinese Basketball Association. The team’s playoff run reportedly ended on Wednesday and Lawson was able to receive a letter of clearance in time to sign with the Wizards for the remainder of the NBA regular season, including the playoffs.
Sources: Lawson received letter of clearance after his playoff run in China and signed for the rest of the season with the Wizards in time for NBA postseason. https://t.co/jUvbAskFCW
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Lawson’s signing now gives the Wizards at five point guards on the roster, along with John Wall, Tomáš Satoranský, Tim Frazier, and Ramon Sessions.
An accomplished player and national champion while at the University of North Carolina, Lawson played eight NBA seasons, most notably with the Denver Nuggets to start his career. While with the Nuggets, he helped lead the team to four playoff berths in six years; in the 2013 postseason, he averaged 21.3 points, 8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
After facing legal troubles, Lawson bounced around the league, including stints with the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, and Sacramento Kings. During the 2011 lockout, Lawson also played seven games for Žalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania.