Ty Lawson To Play For Lithuanian Team During Lockout

Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson will play in Lithuania during the lockout.

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Ty Lawson Heads To Lithuania During NBA Lockout

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson isn't waiting until games during the 2011-12 NBA season are lost to make the jump overseas to play basketball. Lawson has agreed to play for Lithuanian team Zalgiris Kaunas, according to multiple reports (this one in Lithuanian). Lawson has an out clause in his contract that goes into effect once the NBA lockout ends. Right now, it looks as though Lawson will play at least a season overseas, but things could change quickly.

Lawson spoke with the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman on Sunday about the move to Lithuania:

"It's a new experience going out to Lithuania, so why not? It was a no-brainer."

But Lawson isn't over in Lithuania yet. He told Hochman that he isn't leaving until Aug. 28. Whenever the lockout ends, Lawson will return as the starting point guard for the Nuggets but also with Andre Miller right behind him to challenge him for the spot.

For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs.

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Ty Lawson Might Head To Europe If Lockout Is Prolonged

The NBA Lockout looks like it could result in a lost season for 2011-12, and that has already sent some players over to Europe for the time being. For the Denver Nuggets, point guard Ty Lawson is thinking about the possibility of an overseas trip during the lockout, reports the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey.

Lawson sees November on his timetable to decide about playing ball in Europe. But he'll need to see which teams are interested in him. Right now he isn't looking for and hasn't received any offers:

"Not yet. I feel like they won't approach us until we approach them, with the overseas thing," Lawson said. "I haven't inquired about it to my agents, but it's a very possible thing if it goes into a long lockout."

Apparently his top destination should he go to Europe would be to play in Italy. I can't blame him for that--it's a wonderful place to visit.

Whenever the NBA does start up again, Lawson will be the Nuggets' starting point guard with Andre Miller breathing down on him for the spot should he falter. Getting some playing time in Europe would be a good way to stay on top of his game.

For more on the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs.

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