Ty Lawson is attempting to rebuild his career and image with the Sacramento Kings after being arrested four times for driving under the influence during his career. The 28-year-old was released by the Rockets last season after 53 games before finishing out the year with the Pacers.
Lawson has been penciled in as the opening night starter for the Kings now that Darren Collison is facing an eight-game suspension for a misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault. Lawson’s future with the team, however, is now murky.
Lawson reportedly showed up late to a shootaround in Las Vegas last week and then missed the Kings’ flight to Kentucky for an exhibition game.
Sources told ESPN.com that Lawson was late to a Kings shootaround in Las Vegas earlier this week, then missed the team’s trip east before Saturday night’s Sacramento/Washington preseason game at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, which represented a homecoming of sorts for Kings star DeMarcus Cousins and Wizards counterpart John Wall.
The Kings attributed Lawson’s absence from the lineup in Lexington to “personal reasons.” He has since returned to Sacramento, sources said, and faces an uncertain future with his new team after the week’s events.