Lakers Rumors: Re-Signing Ramon Sessions Won't Solve L.A.'s Point Guard Woes
After being traded by Cleveland, Sessions was solid in 23 regular season games for the Lakers, averaging 12.7 points and 6.2 assists per game. The Lakers went 14-9 during that stretch, and after scoring wins over Dallas (twice), San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma City and the Clippers, it looked like Kobe and the gang were primed for a strong playoff push.
Then, Sessions promptly reminded everyone why he's been on four teams in five years.
He completely crumbled in the playoffs, with his numbers dipping to 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game. In L.A.'s five-game series against the Thunder, his production was even worse, as he put up just 6.8 points and 3.0 assists in 30 minutes per contest.
In 12 postseason games, he only shot 37.7 percent from the field and missed 21 of his 25 three-pointers. Defensively, Sessions was routinely murdered by Ty Lawson and Russell Westbrook, and it became quite apparent that he was not L.A.'s point guard of the future.
Now, for some unknown reason, the Lakers are looking to bring him back. The 26-year-old did not exercise his player option with L.A., effectively opting out of his contract that would have paid him $4.55 million next season.
He will certainly be looking for a longer and more lucrative deal this summer, and if the Lakers give it to him, they will continue to be stuck in the NBA's version of no man's land: not good enough to win the title, not bad enough to earn a lottery pick.
The Lakers obviously have no intention of bottoming out, so the only solution to their problem is to somehow bring in a legitimate game-changer at the point guard position.
One possible solution is to trade Pau Gasol to the Rockets for Kyle Lowry and a couple other assets. The Rockets are trying to get rid of Lowry to make room for Goran Dragic (I realize that's not the most encouraging phrase, but bear with me) and it's no secret that they covet Gasol.
If the Lakers can get one of Houston's promising young power forwards in return, this would be the perfect deal.
Should the Lakers re-sign Sessions?
Among point guards who played in at least 40 games and averaged at least 30 minutes per contest last season, Lowry ranked seventh in the league in Player Efficiency Rating. Only Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving, Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Ty Lawson were ahead of him.
Under those same qualifications, he was also first in total rebound rate, fifth in true shooting percentage and seventh in assist rate.
Simply put, he's one of the most productive point guards in the league and he possesses the exact skill set the Lakers need.
He's ridiculously quick, tough as nails and a strong outside shooter. Throw in the fact that his salary just under $12 million over the next two years, and Lowry is unquestionably a better option than Sessions.
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