Ramon Sessions, the backup point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is currently an untapped oil well. Only yesterday, due to a Kyrie Irving concussion, Sessions posted 24 points and 13 assists in a win over the Clippers. If the Lakers go after Sessions, they're getting a solid starting point guard for the price of a backup.
Standing tall at 6'3'' and 190 pounds, Ramon Sessions has been in the NBA since 2007. Only 25 years old now, Sessions is coming off of the best statistical season of his career. Shooting 47 percent from the field and averaging 13 points per game, the guard out of Nevada also produced five assists and three rebounds per game in just 26 minutes of action each night.
The Los Angeles Lakers backcourt is currently plagued by absolutely no middle ground, age-wise. With Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Steve Blake contrasted with Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock, LA does not have a single young guard with experience.
Adrian Wojnarowski, a Yahoo NBA columnist, first cited the Lakers' interest in Sessions on January 30th here, though it's been heard since that the Cavs are asking for a first round pick in any deal. The Lakers are very hesitant to part with a rare first round pick, as they have not had one in the past two drafts. Since this year's team has disappointed, LA might be able to land a decent draft pick in the mid-first round (Andrew Bynum was the last mid-first rounder the Lakers took).
Here's a trade that would benefit everyone.
LA gets: Ramon Sessions
Cleveland gets: Steve Blake and Matt Barnes
Los Angeles does this trade to find an answer at point guard with an experienced,young player who can shoot threes and pass the ball effectively. Cleveland gets value in return for a backup player in two experienced veterans to help their younger players adjust to the NBA. In Barnes, especially, they get a consistent role player on both offense and defense. Also, the Lakers would be shedding another million dollars or so of cap space, which could be coupled with the Lamar Odom trade exception to work more deals in the near future.
Should the Lakers trade Matt Barnes and Steve Blake for Ramon Sessions?
After this trade, the lineups would read as:
PG: Sessions, Fisher, Morris
SG: Bryant, Goudelock
SF: Ebanks, World Peace
PF: Gasol, McRoberts
C: Bynum, Murphy
These lineups ensure a blend of youth and experience with both the starting and bench rotations. Sessions and Ebanks provide a new spark into the proven big-three commodity that is Bryant-Gasol-Bynum. Sessions will be the fourth option in this rotation, but will likely see innumerable spot-up jumpers off of double teams on any of the big three.
Ramon Sessions is the best available point guard for the Lakers to attain before the trade deadline with little risk, and that cannot be understated. Other options like Deron Williams involve trading away major pieces like Gasol or Bynum as well as gambling on the star's willingness to stay in LA if he does not go for a sign and trade deal. Gilbert Arenas is looking for a job, but LA needs to get younger and simpler, not older and more complicated.
The above trade would take complete advantage of the buy-low, sell-high principle every GM looks for in a deal on both sides. Matt Barnes and Steve Blake appear to be having down years, but have both shown flashes of capability when thrust into a more prevalent role. The Lakers have no good reason to ignore Sessions; as a low-risk, high-reward opportunity, Sessions does not have a ridiculous salary commitment ($4 million per year over the next two years) and has nothing but improvement in his future at 25 years old.
Mitch Kupchak, trade for Ramon Sessions.