Too Little, Too Late; Sacramento Kings (finally) Sign A Point Guard
By Karim Akbar
The Sacramento Kings signed free agent point guard Ty Lawson to a one-year deal Sunday night, the story was first reported by Yahoo sports. The salary and its terms have not been finalized.
The signing comes at a time when the Kings are being widely panned for drafting multiple big men on draft night and not addressing the more glaring need at point guard. DeMarcus Cousins effectively summed up our thoughts on this year’s NBA Draft by the Kings with a cleverly crafted tweet and it also doubles as our take on this signing, “Lord give me the strength”
Well at least Ty Lawson is happy about this opportunity and rightfully so, Lawson seemed to be on a mission to play himself (legally and illegally) out of the league. Multiple DWI charges and poor play on the court had Lawson bouncing around the association in recent years. The Houston Rockets experiment of pairing him with James Harden bombed which led to a contract buyout in Houston and a subsequent signing with the Indiana Pacers.
Ty Lawson averaged just 5.8 points and 4.4 assists a game in Houston, well off his career average of 13 points per game and 6.2 assists. This move provides the Kings with veteran help but does it help the team? In our estimation it’s a resounding ‘no’.
We love redemption stories, especially Ty Lawson’s, it’s the American way. But reclamation projects take time and are no fun while recycled ideas don’t have us believing we can ‘trust the process’ of the Kings’ front office. Why add a player like Lawson when you already have the same type of player [style and tenure] in Darren Collison? Trust the process?! What process?
New arena, same bumbling mistakes. The Kings may have a new address off of 5th Ave but we’re not sold on the signing or the Kings’ ‘process’ . This move reeks of desperation as a cheap redemption project and does not effectively address the team’s needs. This team has come too far to stumble backwards, lets hope Ty can prove his doubters wrong.
Updated 9:52: Updated monetary terms to unknown. Figures pending.
Karim Akbar was a Sacramento Kings columnist for Rant Sports before moving to 5th Avenue Kings. For More Sacramento Kings News “Like” 5th Avenue Kings on Facebook . Follow 5th Avenue Kings on Twitter, or add them to your network on Google+.