NBA Rumors: Lakers Shouldn't Worry About Ramon Sessions' Impending Free Agency

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup past Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks during a 112-108 Laker overtime win.  at Staples Center on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ramon Sessions will decline his player-option for $4.6 million this summer, becoming an unrestricted free agent just months after the Los Angeles Lakers acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That doesn't mean the talented young point guard is going anywhere, though.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Sessions is telling anyone who'll listen about his intent to hang around:

I want to be here. I don't know what that means or how that's going to happen. It ain't no secret. I'll tell anybody that. I tell [Lakers General Manager] Mitch Kupchak. I tell my agent. I want to be here. Period. For a long time.

And why not?

Sessions has taken well to the bright lights of Los Angeles, soaking in every moment of media attention and the seemingly endless adoration from fans who were chomping at the bit for a new point guard to come to the rescue.

Sticking around is a wise business decision as well.

Sessions' stock has never been higher and the Lakers don't have many other options. That puts a premium on Los Angeles retaining its point guard of the near future and ensuring that Kobe Bryant's remaining seasons have all the support they need.

Over his last 10 games, Sessions has made the most of his stint in the Lakers' starting lineup, averaging 13 points and 7.6 assists. Beyond his obvious capability as a distributor, Sessions has given Los Angeles a perimeter option it sorely needed.

With Steve Blake fitting in best as a role player and Andrew Goudelock still in need of polish, Sessions is far and away Los Angeles' best option for at least the next two to three years.

At only 26, this also happens to be a guy coming into his prime and set to play some solid basketball for the next few years.

He may not command an enormous contract to do so, but Sessions should earn at least $7 million a year over the course of a three- or four-year deal (more or less Michael Conley-type money). 

It's unlikely that Sessions will earn either All-Star consideration or an All-Star contract, but that's not what the Lakers need anyway. They need a dependable guard to run the offense and that will be exactly what they're getting.

Of course, free agency is a business and there's always the chance that money can get in the way of an otherwise perfect fit.

Even so, that's unlikely in this instance. Any team looking to spend big on a point guard has its sights set on Deron Williams. It also seems hard to believe that either Sessions or the Lakers would allow a contract negotiation to get in the way of an arrangement that's so far worked out splendidly for both sides.

The biggest risk of all would be for Los Angeles to lose their starting point guard without a viable replacement already lined up. With no such target on the map, expect Sessions to remain in purple and gold for the foreseeable future.