With the team sitting well out of the Western Conference playoff race and possessing a deluge of mid-cost veterans, many expected the Denver Nuggets to be perhaps the NBA’s most active team at the deadline. Those in the know viewed the likes of Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler and others as being available for the right price. The only untouchables were seemingly Ty Lawson and Jusuf Nurkic.
Well, not so much with the former.
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Wednesday, Feb. 18
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Denver has been actively shopping Lawson as we near Thursday’s trade deadline and has even targeted Pacers guard George Hill:

Broussard also noted that the Los Angeles Lakers are eyeing Lawson along with Phoenix’s Goran Dragic:

Despite the Lakers’ reported interest, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Denver hasn’t been seriously impressed with any offer for Lawson so far.
Hill, 28, worked with Nuggets head man Brian Shaw when the coach was an assistant under Frank Vogel from 2011 to 2013. The Pacers point guard, who is in the midst of a career-best season, is the type of defense-first grinder Shaw would like to target to run his system. Shaw has long been a proponent of a slower playing style, but Denver’s roster composition has made that impossible.
Lawson, a jitterbug point guard who is at his best running in the open court, is one of the root causes. He and Shaw have butted heads at different points over the past two years, even as Lawson continues to be Denver’s best all-around player.
The former North Carolina star is averaging 16.9 points and a career-high 10.1 assists per game. He’s also recovered from injury-related struggles that followed him early in the season, upping his field-goal percentage the last two months. His overall rate now sits at 44.7, lower than his career average but an improvement over 2013-14.

That said, Lawson’s recent uptick in production has not resulted in wins. Denver entered the All-Star break with 13 losses in its last 15 games. When Lawson failed to show up for Wednesday’s practice—the team’s first after the break—it increased speculation something could be amiss.
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