Houston Rockets guard James Harden believes new point guard acquisition Ty Lawson will help the team in the 2015-16 NBA season.
James Harden believes Ty Lawson will be a difference-maker for the Houston Rockets.
This was what Harden told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen on Aug. 15:
"Ty is definitely going to help us. He gives us that quickness, that speed, playmaking ability, something that we were missing, especially deep in the playoffs. We're going to welcome him with open arms. We're happy to have him.
"He's out in California right now working out. We're happy to have him. He's going to be a great addition to our team. I've been with him these last couple weeks. He's more focused than ever.
"He has a great opportunity with a really good team to showcase his talents and help us with that push that we need."
Last month, police arrested Lawson on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles. Denver authorities also arrested for the same offense him six months earlier, per ESPN.
He was not charged for the Denver arrest. Judge Doris Burd ordered him to complete a 30-day residential treatment program, per ESPN.
After Lawson's January arrest, Burd ordered him not to consume any alcohol. She also ordered Lawson to use a stationary blood-monitoring device.
Burd told ESPN she didn't impose any sobriety monitoring. She thought the NBA was already checking on Lawson.
The Denver Nuggets traded him and a 2017 second-round pick to the Houston Rockets. ESPN's Marc Stein reported on the development.
The Nuggets received Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and a future second-round pick in return, per Stein.
Lawson's next court date is set for Aug. 20, per ESPN.
As for Harden, he had a productive week.
Feigen spoke with him at the "Kroger Unplug and Play James Harden Basketball ProCamp." He also signed a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal with Adidas last week.
Feigen says Harden also attended the Team USA basketball minicamp in Las Vegas.
He did not play in the scrimmage game. According to Feigen, Harden attributes this to "ankle soreness."
Harden said he "definitely" wants to play for the United States in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics:
"This past week in Vegas went very well. All the guys were out there. It was an opportunity to get together, work out together and get ready for next summer. Opportunities like that when you get a great group of guys together are always going to help my game, expand my game.
"Just being around all those great athletes, how hard they work, is always a great thing."
Harden finished second to Stephen Curry in the 2014-15 NBA MVP race. Curry amassed 1,198 total points. Harden had 936, per NBA.com.
Harden averaged a career-high 27.4 points per game last season, per ESPN.
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