Despite Injury History, Ty Lawson May Get $45 Million From Nuggets

Ty Lawson, the former North Carolina standout and current Denver Nuggets point guard, has had a spotty injury history.  He had a an ankle issue as recently as February of this year.  Yet, that does not seem to be scaring the Denver Nuggets.  Word around the league is that the team may be willing to give Lawson a $45 million deal.

According to Gary Woelfel of the Journal-Times, the Denver Nuggets could make Lawson one of the higher paid point guards in the league.  He would not be the highest-paid, not even close really.  But at about $11.2 million per year, Lawson would be more than fairly compensated.  Woelfel made the case that Lawson's deal, if completed, may set the going rate for point guards around the league.

Lawson has three NBA seasons under his belt.  All of them have been spent with the Nuggets, the team that drafted him 18th overall in 2009.  In his career, Lawson has been solid but not quite All-Star caliber.  He is still improving, though, and All-Star games in his future are very likely.  Lawson has averaged 16.1 points per game and 6.4 assists per game in his career.  Each season, he has gotten better.  Last year, he averaged 16.9 points per game.

Should the Nuggets actually offer Lawson this deal, rumored to be for four years, they would be making a statement to their fans and to Lawson.  It would be a commitment and a move toward ensuring the best players stick around.  After the team allowed Carmelo Anthony to walk, there was surely speculation among fans as to whether Denver could hold onto its best players.  If they make this deal, it's a step in the right direction.

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