Free agent point guard Ty Lawson is trying to rehab his image in the NBA, and knows he can’t expect a big payday this summer.
The 28-year-old says he’s regained his old form on the court.
"I’m focused. I’m in the gym every day. I feel like the old Denver Ty Lawson will be ready to show up," Ty Lawson. https://t.co/6qYP9yE8Ao
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 21, 2016
Lawson vows to make his family proud by bouncing back in a big way.
Lawson averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 assists with the Denver Nuggets from 2009-15, including a career-high 17.2 points per game two seasons ago. The seven-year NBA veteran, however, also had four DUI arrests from 2008-15 and hit rock bottom when he went into alcohol rehabilitation in 2015. After being traded from the Nuggets, he admitted that he struggled mentally and physically while playing with the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers last season. There were no struggles off the floor, however, for Lawson with either team last season, sources said.
Lawson is now a free agent seeking another NBA opportunity in hopes of proving that he can be the star guard again. […] “It would be big to be back to my old self again. Also, it’s not for just me, it’s for my parents,” Lawson said. “They have had a hard time seeing what I’ve been going through. I know they hear the little comments at NBA games. To make them proud again would mean the world to me.”
Do you feel like you’re a sleeper free agent? […] “I think so. At this point, I am not going to say they are going to get me for cheap. But they’re going to get me for cheaper than I feel I’m worth … I feel like I’m overlooked in free agency.”