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NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Better Off With Ramon Sessions, Not Jonny Flynn

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 21:  Ramon Sessions #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Jannero Pargo #7 and Ivan Johnson #44 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2012

It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of a new point guard and unfortunately, the options stink.

Unless they can pull a small miracle by acquiring Deron Williams, the two most likely options would come via trade.

Ramon Sessions or Jonny Flynn?


Both players have been linked to the Lakers in the past day as it becomes clear that management is on the cusp of pulling the trigger on a trade.

Sessions has averaged nine points, 4.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds this year, but is doing so on a horrific 34 percent shooting clip. His job is to distribute the basketball and run the offense, which is exactly what the Lakers need when they have "Mr. Blackhole" aka Kobe Bryant hoisting 20 or so shots a night.

Sessions can beat his man off the dribble and find the open man…unlike Flynn.

After being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, Flynn had a solid rookie season. He averaged over 13 points and four assists per game.

Yet since suffering a hip injury in year two, Flynn has been a shell of his former self. He isn’t able to get by his defender anymore and it’s destroyed his playmaking ability. Now he averages a mere 3.1 points and 2.4 assists on a 26 percent shooting percentage in 11 minutes a night for the Houston Rockets.

It doesn’t get much worse than that.

The Lakers aren’t going to win any additional games that way.

The team needs a pass-first point guard that still can’t beat his man off the dribble. They need a guy that’s not a head case and still dealing with the effects of injuries from two years ago.

I know these aren’t the best options for winning a championship, but it beats signing Gilbert Arenas. The Lakers need to trade Dallas' first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Sessions and make the lives of everybody on the team a bit easier.

Not a lot easier, just a bit. Sorry Laker fans, that’s the reality of the 2011-2012 season.

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