As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to tweak their roster in hopes of returning to championship-contending form, they now get an upgrade at the point guard position. According to ESPN, the Lakers have acquired Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ramon Sessions in exchange for oft-injured forward Luke Walton and their 2012 first-round pick.
From Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
The Cavs also will send young wing player Christian Eyenga to the Lakers and veteran forward Luke Walton will be going to the Cavs. The Lakers' will keep their draft pick this year if they miss the playoffs. As part of the deal, the Lakers also will have the right to swap first-round draft position in 2013 with the Miami Heat's first round pick, which the Cavs own.
Wow, Los Angeles. This is a steal of a deal for the Lakers and will leave Cavs fans wondering what their front office had in mind when they gave away Sessions for a pick and Luke Walton.
The Lakers get an upgrade at the point guard spot and put themselves in prime position to continue working the phones to try to complete the rumored three-team trade involving Minnesota and Portland that would bring Michael Beasley to Los Angeles and send Steve Blake to Portland.
For that deal to go down, the Lakers needed to secure a point guard to replace Blake, and Sessions is a major upgrade for Los Angeles and 37-year-old starting point guard Derek Fisher. Look for Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers to try and squeeze in another deal with the 3 p.m. ET deadline rapidly approaching.
Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that sharp-shooter Jason Kapono will also be heading to Cleveland in the deal.