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Nuggets are not looking to trade point guard Ty Lawson, but the team is expected to be active before the trading deadline

By SI Wire
February 19, 2015

The Denver Nuggets are not expected to trade point guard Ty Lawson before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.

Late Wednesday night, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported the Nuggets were trying to deal Lawson, and head coach Brian Shaw wanted to replace Lawson with Indiana Pacers guard George Hill.

Lawson leads the team with 16.9 points and 10.1 assists per game.

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The Nuggets (20-33) have also put others on the trading block, including Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler and Jameer Nelson.

Lawson missed the Nuggets' first practice after the All-Star break on Wednesday and Shaw said the reasoning was "travel issues or whatever, he's not here. ... So we had to go without him." Shaw said he will wait to see if the missed practice was excused before he decides what to do with Lawson, which could include Lawson being held out of the starting lineup for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Lawson explained his absence in an Instagram post, saying his "travel plans got derailed" and he plans to spend his entire career with the Nuggets.

Lawson, who has spent each of his six NBA seasons with the Nuggets, was arrested on suspicion of DUI last month after being stopped by Denver police going 60 miles an hour in a 35 mph zone.

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