After numerous rumors over the past few months linking the Los Angeles Lakers to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions, the team traded Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and their 2012 first-round pick in exchange for Sessions and perimeter player Christian Eyenga Thursday afternoon.
The acquisition of Sessions is positive for the Lakers on more than one level. For starters, he will be the young, quality starting point guard the Lakers have been sorely lacking the last several seasons.
Sessions is currently averaging 10 points and five assists in just a little over 24 minutes of action.
Point guards on the Lakers this season have averaged only 12 points as a group, which is worst in the league.
Sessions is also shooting his best percentage from beyond the arc since his rookie season (41 percent).
By trading Walton, the Lakers were finally able to rid themselves of his hefty contract (Walton still has one year and $6.1 million remaining), allowing them to take on Sessions' this season and next, assuming he picks up his player option.
As long as fans and media don't expect Sessions to make the Lakers a championship-quality team overnight, I see him having a very successful stint in Los Angeles.
As the team's new starting point guard, Sessions will have to learn his new teammates and the team's new offense (which the current members are just finally getting a grasp on) on the fly. But all in all, I really like this move for the Lakers.
Final Grade: B+/A-