Lawson, Rockets exploring buyout

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The Rockets and point guard Ty Lawson are negotiating a buyout of Lawson's contract, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

Lawson was traded to the Rockets by the Nuggets in the summer -- but after some strong seasons in Denver, has been largely a disappointment this year in trying to fit next to James Harden.

"Lawson, 28, will likely be attractive to playoff teams searching for guard depth or those out of the postseason race that want to give Lawson the chance at a test run for the future," Yahoo reported.

"Lawson will need to agree to a buyout and be waived by Tuesday in order to be added to a team’s postseason roster."

The Rockets attempted to trade Lawson last week, per multiple reports, but a deal involving the Jazz fell through.

Early word around the league is Lawson may be claimed off waivers by a non-contending team if indeed he agrees to a buyout. Lawson is said to be open to playing anywhere.

He is averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 assists with the Rockets.