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Friday's roundup: Lawson to go into alcohol rehab

Associated Press

Denver — Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won't face DUI charges in California and Colorado until completing a 30-day residential treatment program, a Denver judge ruled Friday.

The troubled point guard attended a pre-trial hearing Friday in Denver, where his lawyer said Lawson enters treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues.

"We will be handling the personal needs of the defendant," said Lawson's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg. Lawson did not speak at the hearing.

Lawson, 27, was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Denver for the same thing in January.

"Now we have a new situation that needs to be dealt with," Steinberg said Friday, referring to the Los Angeles arrest.

After his January arrest, Lawson was ordered not to drink alcohol or violate laws as part of his bond. A Denver judge on Friday ordered Lawson to use a stationary blood-alcohol monitoring device after his release from treatment.

Prosecutors had asked for Lawson to be required to use a device, such as an ankle bracelet or a home breath tester that monitors the body for alcohol.

Gordon breaks jaw

Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent surgery Tuesday in California to repair a fractured jaw and is expected to return by the start of the regular season, according to team spokesman Joel Glass.

Glass said Gordon suffered the jaw injury while visiting his family and horsing around with his older brother, Drew, who appeared in nine games last season with the 76ers.

The timetable for Aaron Gordon's return to basketball-related activities will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation, Glass said.

The injury is a setback for Gordon, a 19-year-old combo forward.

Gordon was the Magic's best all-around player during the recently completed Orlando Pro Summer League. In three games, Gordon averaged 21.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, and he also sank half his shot attempts from beyond the arc.

As a rookie last season, Gordon appeared in 47 games. His season was interrupted by a fracture in his left foot. That injury required surgery.