Nuggets exercise fourth-year contract option on Ty Lawson

DENVER, June 20, 2011 – The Denver Nuggets have exercised the fourth-year option on guard Ty Lawson’s contract, team Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Lawson appeared in 80 games (31 starts) for the Nuggets during the 2010-11 season, averaging 11.7 points, 4.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.00 steals in 26.3 minutes. In his 31 starts, Lawson averaged 14.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.35 steals in 32.1 minutes.

Lawson was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a future first-round pick in a draft night trade on June 25, 2009.

The former North Carolina Tar Heel was selected in the first round (18th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft and has averaged 10.2 points, 4.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 23.6 minutes in two seasons with Denver.