Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson will have to meet with team officials to explain himself after missing the Kings’ recent flight to Kentucky for an exhibition game, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Lawson was late to a Kings shootaround in Las Vegas earlier this week, then missed the team’s East-bound trip before Saturday night’s Sacramento/Washington preseason game at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, which represented a homecoming of sorts for Kings star DeMarcus Cousins and Wizards counterpart John Wall. The Kings attributed Lawson’s absence from the lineup in Lexington to “personal reasons.” He has since returned to Sacramento, sources said, and faces an uncertain future with his new team after the week’s events. Lawson’s agent, Happy Walters, couldn’t be immediately reached Sunday.
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Lawson joined the Kings this summer on a non-guaranteed one-year deal after a rocky 2015-16 season spent with stops with both the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. He has impressed throughout training camp, gaining plenty of praise from both coaches and teammate, but that might not be enough to secure his roster spot. The Kings signed Lawson with the understanding that they would have a zero-tolerance policy with the speedy, but troubled guard. Whether his actions over the last few days is enough to warrant waiving Lawson is unknown at this time.
Sacramento was counting on the former North Carolina Tarheel to start the first eight games of the season while starting point guard Darren Collison serves his NBA suspension for a domestic violence conviction. That plan is now in jeopardy. With the season just over a week away, the Kings must decide if Lawson, who has a history of personal issues, can hold up his end of the bargain. If not, they have the option to retain veteran guard Jordan Farmar or surf the trade market for another stand in for Collison.