The Dallas Mavericks failed to land Deron Williams, while Jason Terry and Jason Kidd are set to join the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks respectively.
Where does that leave the Mavericks?
Without many options.
Therefore, the Mavericks must go after the best remaining option, and that's free agent point guard Ramon Sessions.
Before Kidd spurned Dallas for New York on Thursday, Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram tweeted:
Once they quickly get Jason Kidd underwraps, the #Mavs will try to get Laker free agent PG Ramon Sessions on their roster.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 5, 2012
Sessions certainly isn't a sexy option. After all, Mavericks fans were clamoring for Williams and Dwight Howard this offseason. However, he's all the Mavericks have right now (unless you think Raymond Felton could do a better job—I don't).
Sessions did help the Los Angeles Lakers last season after getting traded in the middle of the season. That is, at least up until the playoffs.
Obviously, he's not going to make anyone a title contender by himself, but he averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists while shooting nearly 48 percent for the Lakers in 23 regular-season games. His PER was also 17.3 during that span, good for the second-highest of his whole career (per BasketballReference.com).
Stats aside, Sessions has the ability to break down defenses. It's that simple.
This is what makes him a valuable point guard offensively, and that's why the Lakers offense got a jolt when he was added to the roster.
Sessions actually had a better PER than Kidd and Terry last season. He's also 26 years old and still relatively young.
Kidd, 39, was aging anyway in Dallas. With Sessions, you not only get younger, you get better for the future. In that respect, signing Sessions will make up for the loss of Kidd to a degree.
The Mavericks must sign Sessions, or consider their entire summer a disaster.
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