The Houston Rockets acquired Ty Lawson in a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Monday, giving them needed depth at point guard, even though Lawson entered a 30-day residential treatment program last week after his second drunken driving arrest.
Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said there are always risks with players, whether it’s with injuries or other issues. “When you’re trying to be the best team out of 30 you’ve got to risk all over the place,” he said.
Morey vowed that the team will help Lawson stay on track after he leaves treatment.
The Nuggets receive a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2016 and cash considerations along with Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni and Joey Dorsey in the deal that also sends a 2017 second-round pick to Houston.
Lawson, 27, was a first-round pick by the Timberwolves in 2009 before being traded to the Nuggets that day. He averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 assists in his six-year career with Denver.
Packers record record revenue
The Green Bay Packers reported another year of record revenue, with the NFL’s only publicly owned team bolstered in part by the windfall from the league’s massive broadcasting deals.
The Packers said revenue from the 2015 fiscal year topped $375 million, up 16 percent from the previous year. Revenue from national sources increased by 21 percent to $226 million.
A perennial playoff contender, Green Bay remains a marquee franchise with a national fan base in the most popular professional sports league in the country.
“From a high level, kind of an overall simple message — the Packers had another very strong year financially,” President Mark Murphy said.
Close call with telephone pole
Racing downhill at breakneck speeds, Ruben Plaza Molina rode triumphantly into Gap, France, as the solo winner of a treacherous Stage 16 that saw a teammate of race leader Chris Froome careen into a telephone pole and Peter Sagan finish second for a fifth time.
Geraint Thomas, who is sixth overall, suffered the terrifying crash on a hairpin bend, after another rider, Warren Barguil, collided with him. The hard bump sent Thomas thumping shoulder- and head-first into the pole. He bounced off it and disappeared into a dark thicket of woods, with his bike, scattering roadside spectators who leaped out of the way.
Although Thomas remounted, rode on and finished, the hair-raising accident showed how tricky the end of Stage 16 was, with a long, winding downhill that riders tore down at speeds of 45 miles per hour or more.
Thomas said he was unhurt. “I was all tangled up in the bushes,” he said. “A nice Frenchman pulled me out.”
AROUND THE HORN
WNBA: Tulsa Shock majority owner Bill Cameron announced plans to move the franchise to the Dallas-Fort Worth market as early as next season. Cameron said he hoped the WNBA Board of Governors would vote as soon as possible on the relocation, though the team will finish this season in Oklahoma.
NHL: Nashville avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the 25-year-old forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. The Madison, Wis., native has 144 points in 277 career games with the Predators. … Media company Quebecor Inc. officially entered the running for an expansion team, saying it has submitted its candidacy to bring the Nordiques back to Quebec City.
Soccer: Pele was released from a Brazilian hospital after successfully undergoing back surgery. The 74-year-old great needed a procedure for nerve root decompression.
College football: Alabama-Birmingham signed its first player since announcing plans to restart the program. Former Memphis offensive lineman Tyler Jones signed a financial aid agreement to attend UAB. The school hasn’t indicated when it plans to field a team.