NBA Rumors: Mavericks Must Sign Ramon Sessions to Remain Relevant in the West

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2012

DENVER, CO - MAY 06:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball against the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 6, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 92-88 to take a 3-1 lead in the series. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks have slowly seen their 2011 NBA championship team deteriorate in the last two offseasons, and signing Ramon Sessions would be significant damage control to keep them from disappearing from the scene altogether.

Sessions is reportedly being chased by the Mavericks (per ESPN) , who have a significant need at the position. 

Chances were high at the start of free agency that the Mavs could land All-Star point guard and arguably the most coveted free agent in this year's class, Deron Williams. But after Williams made the tough decision to remain in Brooklyn, Dallas quickly started running out of options.

Then they relied on the return of aging floor general Jason Kidd, but he opted to join New York's other team, the Knicks. As if it couldn't get any worse than that, they also lost former Sixth Man of the Year and scoring threat Jason Terry to the Celtics.

Luckily for them, they still have a formidable option on the market. Sessions is a ball handler worthy of a starting spot in this league, and that's exactly what should lure him to Dallas. 

Sessions was viewed by some as a big-time move that could potentially aid the Lakers in winning yet another title. Although, Los Angeles apparently didn't find that Sessions was the answer despite a solid remainder of the 2011-12 season in purple and gold, and the team decided to make a big move in acquiring Steve Nash instead of re-signing Sessions.

ESPN states in the same report that Sessions is also being talked to by the Houston Rockets, but the Rockets are still major contenders for Jeremy Lin after signing him to a substantial offer sheet that the Knicks can still match. 

Lin and Sessions remain as two of the only point guards still available that are thought of to be worthy of a starting position. Lin may be more of a dynamic scorer, but Sessions has proven his worth over a longer duration of time and is the more sure-fire bet.

Sessions appeared in 23 games for the Lakers in the regular season. His averages of 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds along with 47.9 percent from field goal range and a stellar 48.6 percent from downtown indicate that he can be highly efficient on a team that has players who need their 25 shots a game. This should bode well for Sessions' chances of being formidable aside stud Dirk Nowitzki. 

Needless to say, Sessions has to be looking at this free agency period as a shot to his ego after being overlooked for point guards who, in some cases, don't have the athletic ability of the 26-year-old standout. A shot to become the newest starting point guard for a recent NBA champion is the big break that he needs to state his case as a top 10 point guard in the league.