Lawson, Motiejunas to join forces in China

Veteran free agent guard Ty Lawson reportedly is headed to China.
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Free agent point guard Ty Lawson and free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas have agreed to contracts with the Shandong Golden Eagles of China, according to a report from overseas basketball journalist David Pick.

Lawson’s deal actually was signed a few weeks ago, and according to Pick, is worth $2.4 million, with bonuses that can push the total to $3 million.

Lawson, 29, is 5-foot-11 and averaged 9.9 points with the Sacramento Kings last season. He’s had several dust-ups with the law, as a bench issue was warranted for his arrest in March, saying he violated the terms of his probation after failing three alcohol tests. He was not generating much interest from the NBA this summer.

Meanwhile, Motiejunas caused a bit of a stir after the Houston Rockets matched an offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets last season — and Motiejunas refused to report. The Rockets eventually renounced Motiejunas’ rights, and he finished the season in a very limited role with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Motiejunas is 6-11 and averaged 4.4 points in 34 games last season. Like Lawson, he struggled to generate much interest from the NBA.

According to Pick, Shandong also offered free agent forward Michael Beasley a contract worth $3 million, but Beasley decided on a cheaper deal a deal with the New York Knicks instead.