For Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly, it was a "tough day" when he completed the deal that sent starting point guard Ty Lawson to

the Houston Rockets.

But it was also a day that Connelly said needed to happen.

On Tuesday, the Nuggets GM discussed the decision that went with trading Lawson to the Rockets for a protected first-round pick and four other players. The trade came on the heels of Lawson's second DUI arrest of the year and Lawson's decision to enter into a rehab program in California.

While he said he wished he could have done more for the embattled point guard, Connelly said Lawson is "dealing with some demons that I'm certain he is going to overcome." Connelly also stressed the organization tried to create an environment that was both beneficial for Lawson and the Nuggets, but that there were "a lot of well documented issues" that prohibited a successful partnership.

Watch the video above to see why Connelly believes that Nuggets will be better this season, despite dealing one of the team's signature players.

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