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Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:18 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:20 pm
Ramon Sessions is reportedly drawing interest from the Lakers. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

He's not Chris Paul, but he could be a lot worse.

Yahoo Sports reports that the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly phoned the Cleveland Cavaliers to express interest in trading for reserve guard Ramon Sesssions. 
The Los Angeles Lakers have talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers about possibly acquiring guard Ramon Sessions, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as a candidate who could help their depleted backcourt.

Cleveland is interested in stockpiling draft picks in potential deals, sources said. Several teams have inquired about Sessions lately, front-office sources said. The Lakers have a handful of players on short-term deals who can’t be traded until March 1.

The Lakers' messy point guard situation got messier when key back-up Steve Blake went down for an extended period of time with a rib injury. Starter Derek Fisher is on his last legs and 2011 Draft picks Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris are still learning how to walk. The position is clearly the weakest link on L.A.'s roster and will almost certainly be the scapegoat if the Lakers aren't able to win the 2012 title.

So is Sessions the guy? Not definitely, but he would earn major minutes immediately given the other options. His career has been derailed by circumstance, as he signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who couldn't really use him, and then was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who don't really ned him now that Rookie of the Year candidate Kyrie Irving is carrying such a major load. His best play might have come last year, for a truly horrendous Cavaliers team, so it got lost in the muck. He's not an excellent shooter, but he has good size, is a capable set-up man and specializes in the pick-and-roll, a nice asset with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol on the roster.

Financially, the Lakers can absorb the entirety of his $4.3 million salary into the trade exception created when they dumped Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. That means L.A. doesn't need to match salaries in return and can instead send draft picks and/or a lower-priced player (or no player at all) to Cleveland in return. Sessions has a $4.5 million player option for next season, which he will very likely pick up, but a capable third or fourth guard would seemingly be worth that price to the Lakers, who are pretty desperate at the one after NBA commissioner David Stern nixed a potential blockbuster trade that would have landed Paul during the preseason.

Sessions is an obvious trade target and has been ever since the Cavaliers landed the No. 1 pick in last year's Draft lottery. Indeed, even his agent thought he would be the odd man out if Irving was selected, but that wound up being Baron Davis, who was released using the amnesty clause. Cleveland would be smart to milk his value all the way up to the trade deadline. While the Cavaliers are off to a better-than-expected 8-11 start, the goal is to secure as many complementary pieces to Irving and fellow 2011 lottery pick Tristan Thompson. Picks would seem better than salaried players at this point of the rebuild.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:58 pm

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Of course, maybe I'm completely wrong, because I don't undersstand the Kyle Lowry love either.  I mean, I love his defense and attitude, but the only difference between this year and last is he's handling the ball more.  His shooting's regressed as he shoots more and his AST/TO ratio has gone down.  Heck, his shooting is in the Derek Fisher range this year.  I'd want Lowry on my team because he's a great team player, but he's absolutely not special.  Memphis knew what they were doing when they drafted Mike Conley a year after they drafted Lowry - Conley's proven to be the more efficient player, better distributor, and better shooter. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:49 pm

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Is "top point guard" now defined as 14.1/6.2 and 45%?  Those are his numbers when he was given free reign as a starter with few offensive options in Cleveland last year.

As I said, it's not that he would be a slight upgrade, but he doesn't fix the Lakers problems.  They're still not athletic and, given the make up of their current team, a pass-first PG helps a lot more than the erratic Sessions.  To say he plays like a top point guard is a slap in the face to the top point guards, just like saying he "could just be a playmaker for the Lakers" when he's never shown the ability to think pass first.  He'd be a better asset to a team that he can run with. 

Lakers fans tend to point to Fisher and Gasol as their scapegoats and ignore the fact that Gasol still outperforms Bynum nightly and while Fisher is a liability, what the Lakers really need from their point guard is defense and 3 point shooting, because the offensive scheme is to throw it to Gasol, Bryant, and to some extent, Bynum on the block on every possession.  It's easy to look at Fisher's numbers and say they need to be better, but you have to consider the player and the scheme when looking at your upgrade options.  If not for the injury, I'd say Kirk Hinrich fits this team better than Sessions, especially considering that he's a MUCH better shooter from deep.  Sessions obviously is more capable of getting to the basket, but hard to do with two seven footers clogging the lane and your star below the free throw line as well.

It's not a knock on Sesssions to say he'd be an upgrade and is a decent NBA player.  It's just awfully hard to make a HUGE difference when you're not much of a factor in the offensive scheme.  Has there been a noteworthy point guard in LA since Bryant became the dominant personality in the organization?  Sure, Bryant said he wanted Chris Paul and suggested trading Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd a few years ago, but those are all-star, potential HoF caliber players who he respects. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:54 am

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

After reading the responses to this article it seems like sessions is very, very VERY, undervalued. He is a very good distributor who can run the point effectively. Everyone is saying he is shoot first guard and a bench player. But he has never played for a team where he didn't need to score and could just be a playmaker for the Lakers. As for the bench player thing... just because he is on a bench somewhere doesn't mean he is a bench player. Everytime this guy gets chances to start or sees a bunch of of minutes he play like a top point guard. He needs the right place to flourish. Think about what happened with Lowry. The only thing I agree with that was mentioned by someone is that the Lakers would be better off going for Calderon. That guy is one hell of a playmaker and would be perfect for the Lakers. Sessions isn't that far off though and to say he wouldn't make them a whole lot better is non-sensical. Derek Fisher blows and Sessions is a better player in every aspect of the game. He would make a HUGE difference.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:44 pm

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Gopack, You make a valid point, but I wasn't arguing that the Cavs should accept a player back for him.   Maybe the trade doesn't work at all because of the teams' needs and current rosters. 

Every team wants a 1st round pick for its backups.  Wouldn't you?  That doesn't mean they get them.  The Hawks deal reeked of desperation, and maybe the Lakers are that desperate also.  I just don't think so.  They're confident and arrogant enough as an organization that they generally pass on deals with marginal players unless they fit the "playoff tested veteran" mold.

Hey, don't forget the Hawks picked up that stud Hilton Armstrong along with Hinrich.  Wink

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:35 pm

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

pdmagic, of course any type of 1st round pick for Sessions sounds good to a Cavs fan.  But for the Lakers' sake it doesn't make sense.  Sessions isn't a difference maker, and the Lakers have to understand that they are rapidly aging and one of the least athletic teams in the league.  They've spent their recent draft picks on athletics hoping they'll pay off, but, like most teams, the pick is more valuable than Sessions.  It's not that Sessions doesn't have any value, it's just marginal on a team that can't run and runs the offense through Kobe or Pau on every possession. 

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:48 am

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

gopack10 is right because I would think the only way the Cavs give up Sessions is for a 1st round pick.  The Cavs want young prospects with potential so they can rebuild and the draft is the best chance Cleveland has to put talent around Kyrie Irving.  The Lakers need a point guard and a 1st round pick from 20-30 doesn't really do them much good so they may as well give it up if they feel the talent they have on their roster at PG needs an upgrade. 

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:39 am

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Hawkman - Do you actually think that the Cavs would even think about trading him for anything other than a 1st round pick?  And I'm speaking about a trade to the Lakers.  LA doesn't have anything of value to give the Cavs except for that 1st rounder.    Is he worth it?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  It depends on how the Lakers finish out the season and where that pick falls.

Late first round picks aren't really that valuable to teams like the Lakers.  9 out of 10 years you can buy into the late first round.

Your value of Ramon Sessions is a bit off all things considered.  Think about how many first round picks are traded back and forth.  The Lakers traded theirs last year just to shed salary in the deal with the Nets.  The Hawks traded their 1st rounder for Kirk Hinrich (they also included Jordan Crawford, Mike Bibby and Maurice Evans in that deal).

None of this matters anyway because they can't trade their own pick this year under the CBA rules.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:34 am

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Forget sessions,Lakers should try to go after Calderon,he is wasting away in Toronto.A true point guard that could distribute the ball,and the aging Lakers might just rejuvinate.Sessions is a nice reserve,but not the solution there.Arenas would be a waste of a roster spot.Not worth a  spot on a team even if he payed to play!

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:29 pm

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Any type of 1st round pick for Sessions sounds good to me.  The Cavs just need to stock pile picks and hope to hit a few home runs in the draft.  With Kyrie playing so well Cleveland doesn't really need Sessions and the Lakers could use a solid point guard that has some scoring ability.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:25 pm

Report: Lakers, Cavs talk Ramon Sessions trade

Unless Cleveland wants Ron Artest or a number 2 pick in return, I hope the Lakers don't make this deal.  They need to save their assets for something better than Sessions.

They need to sign Arenas.  They get a no-risk, high upside guy for nothing.  That's the smart move, not wasting assets for mediocre player.  

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