NBA Rumors: Would the Los Angeles Lakers Be Better off Without Ramon Sessions?

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 29, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 16:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives inside on Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder beat the Lakers 77-75.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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With all eyes in "Lakers Land" geared towards the offseason, Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has to figure out what to do with Ramon Sessions and the point guard position.

Looking at how things could potentially play out, the Lakers may be better off without Sessions heading into the 2013 season.

Sessions certainly wants to come back to Los Angeles, telling Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times exactly that during the Lakers' exit interviews after their season came to a close at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While Sessions also indicated to HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy that he would like to return to the Lakers, he also left no indication that he would exercise his $4.55 million player option to return.

Financially speaking, Sessions would be foolish to pick up that option as his value to the Lakers right now is far greater than possibly any other team in the NBA

He holds all the cards in possible negotiations as if the 2012 season proved anything, the Lakers need Sessions far more than he needs the Lakers. He can definitely sign a contract for more money, either in Los Angeles or elsewhere.

That's where Kupchak needs to draw the line.

Sessions proved he's a good point guard, averaging a solid 12.7 points and 6.2 assists during the regular season, despite having very little practice time and having to learn a new offense on the fly.

Yet the Lakers need an upper-level floor general that's capable of winning in the playoffs and Sessions left plenty of doubts about whether or not he could be that guy.

He averaged only 9.7 points and 3.6 assists in the postseason, while shooting only 38 percent from the floor and had a lot of trouble getting the Lake Show into their offensive sets.

But the big troubles for Sessions have come on the defensive end of the floor where he's struggled big-time against athletic point guards.

In the Western Conference alone, Sessions will have to deal with the likes of Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Ty Lawson, Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry and others just to get through the conference.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the fourt quarter as the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2012 at Staples Center in L
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That's a bad recipe for success for the Lakers.

Throwing bigger money and committing more years to Sessions is probably the wrong move for Kupchak.

His top option should be to improve the position through trade, as signing a top free-agent point guard will be difficult given the Lakers' cap situation. As it stands right now, the Lakers are way over the cap with $83.8 million on the books for next season.

The last thing the Lakers need right now is another bad contract that will be detrimental to their future.

Sessions would be nice coming off the Lakers bench, but there's nothing about his play that indicated the fact that he's a capable enough point guard to win a championship. 

At the end of the day, Kupchak will be faced with a tough choice and the logical answer is that the Lakers will likely be better off without Sessions in 2013.