When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions this past trading deadline, it was definitely a major upgrade over Derek Fisher. That being said, if the Lakers want to be a championship contender, they need someone even better than Sessions.
Right now, Ramon is in an interesting situation. He has a player-option for next season, and although his play during the regular season makes him very deserving of a shot for a full season with the Lakers, it became clear during the playoffs that the Lakers need a new solution at the point guard position.
Sessions struggled mightily in the postseason, shooting just 37.7 percent and never recording more than six assists in a game.
There came a point when Steve Blake was getting more playing time than Sessions.
The Lakers' biggest problem coming into the season was their deficiency at the point guard position. Derek Fisher and Steve Blake both had Player Efficiency Ratings below 10 this season, and the league average is 15.
Once again, the acquisition of Sessions was an improvement, but at most, it was a minor upgrade.
When one looks at the available point guards in the free-agent market this season, it becomes clear that the Lakers can do better than Sessions.
Rather than blowing up the team by trading Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, it might make more sense to just sign an elite point guard to lead the way next season.
This is because trading Gasol and Bynum just doesn't make sense. Gasol is still a double-double per night guy, and Bynum is slowly turning into one of the best centers in the league despite his immaturities.
If the Lakers open up some cap space by getting rid of guys like Josh McRoberts, Steve Blake, Ramon Sessions, Troy Murphy, Christian Eyenga and Matt Barnes, they'll be able to afford some of the better point guards in this year's market like Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash and perhaps even Deron Williams.
That's what the Lakers need right now: an offensive boost by signing a talented point guard. They need flow in their offense. They need to utilize their bigs more efficiently.
A guy like Lin or D-Will could definitely do that.
Sessions, on the other hand, can only do so much. He's not exactly a distributor, as he didn't average anything close to double-digits in assists.
The Lakers need someone to be a facilitator and make Bynum's and Gasol's job easier so that they get better looks inside. Once they take advantage of the game in the paint, they'll control the pace and be less prone to allowing easy fastbreak points, which killed the Lakers this season.
This all depends on Sessions, though.
Does he want to test the market, or will he exercise his player option?
That's a question that time will answer, and the Lakers are secretly hoping that Sessions bolts.