Free agent Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. News of Lawson’s agreement was first reported by The Vertical. The unrestricted free-agent point guard signed with the Indiana Pacers in March after being bought out by the Houston Rockets. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 assists in 13 regular-season games for Indiana after the deal. Lawson had a nice start to his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets but was arrested twice for DWIs, leading to his exit there.

Lawson visited with Kings officials and coaches on Saturday in Sacramento and had planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans officials early this week – until the Kings offered him a deal on Sunday, league sources said. He joins a backcourt full of opportunity in Sacramento, where the Kings lost Rajon Rondo in free agency to the Chicago Bulls. Darren Collison is expected to be the Kings’ starter at point guard.

For Lawson, the experiment of coexisting with All-Star guard James Harden didn’t work with the Houston Rockets last season. Lawson agreed to a contract buyout in March after the Rockets sent Denver a first-round pick in a July deal for him. He then agreed to a contract to finish the season with the Indiana Pacers. Lawson averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 assists in 22.2 minutes a game for Houston. In his seven-year NBA career, the 2009 first-round pick out of North Carolina, Lawson has averaged 13.1 points, 6.2 assists and 1.2 steals again. At 28, he still has the ability to help a team in the right situation, but he must prove he can play at a higher level than he did last season.

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