Despite earlier indications that Ramon Sessions would opt out of his contract to test the free-agent waters, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard now sounds optimistic about sticking around—perhaps even for the long haul.
After meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak, Sessions apparently had little doubt about the organization's intentions (via the Los Angeles Times' Mark Medina):
"It was clear leaving the meeting they wanted me back," Sessions said. "It was 100% clear."
For his part, the feelings are entirely mutual.
The Lakers acquired Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a midseason deal designed to rectify the roster's desperate need for a starting floor general. In exchange for the upgrade, Los Angeles' only sent back Luke Walton's inexplicably hefty contract, Jason Kapono and this season's first-round pick.
Even if Sessions had struggled to adjust to his new environs, the deal would have still been a bargain.
More often than not, however, Sessions did a perfectly fine job. In 23 games as a starter this season, he averaged 13.7 points and seven assists while shooting over 46 percent from the field. When compared to the uneven production the team had relied on from Derek Fisher and Steve Blake, Sessions quickly became a savior in the eyes of the Lakers fanbase.
The 26-year-old did struggle a bit in his first-ever postseason, though.
In 12 games, Sessions' field-goal percentage plummeted to 38 percent, and his assist total was nearly cut in half. He also made just four of his 25 three-point attempts during that span.
Nevertheless, there's plenty to like about this guy, especially given the alternatives.
Absent trade scenarios that could theoretically land the likes of Kyle Lowry, Los Angeles just doesn't have the cap room to attract anyone short of a ring-chasing veteran willing to play at a discounted rate. Though such an eventuality would be a coup for the Lakers, they certainly shouldn't work under the assumption that a quality floor leader will just fall into their lap.
Sessions has already had some time to work himself into Mike Brown's system, and he'll no doubt feel even more comfortable on the court after he's been with the team for a complete training camp.
Even if there aren't any All-Star games in his future, Sessions is a solid contributor with the potential be a reliable starter—maybe even in the playoffs.