The Dallas Mavericks did not advance discussions with free agent point guard Ramon Sessions over the weekend, however those talks are likely to resume Monday, according to a source close to the situation.
Will Sessions settle on Dallas?
At the very least, we know he won't be returning to the Lakers (via HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy):
Ramon Sessions won't return to the Los Angeles Lakers, source close to situation reiterates. He wants a starting job. He'll sign elsewhere.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2012
And why wouldn't he?
Sessions may not have All-Star potential, but he's a capable starter.
Don't let that lackluster playoff performance fool you. It was his first time in the postseason after all, and he hadn't spent anywhere close to a full season with Los Angeles. Some nerves and confusion were to be expected.
In 23 games as a starter this year, Sessions averaged 13.7 points and an even seven assists. That's solid production from a guy thrown into the fire with a new team and charged with the responsibility of keeping Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol all happy and well fed.
All things considered, Sessions had a very good campaign. It might not have been a "breakout season," but it should be good enough to put him on the free-agent map.
Especially for a team as desperate as the Dallas Mavericks.
What was once an ambitious offseason plan aimed at wooing Texas native Deron Williams has become a summer defined by swings and misses.
Jason Kidd and Jason Terry are changing scenery, and the Mavericks are presently left with Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and some change.
That's a scary thought for Mavericks fans, but it will get a whole lot scarier if the backcourt situation doesn't begin to take shape. Whether Sessions is a long-term solution remains anything but clear. Let's see how he fairs in a uniform before making any sweeping predictions.
Nevertheless, it stands to reason that his all-around talent would come in handy.
His perimeter shot has improved dramatically, and he's quick enough to do some damage in the paint. And, given that he succeeded in the Lakers' half-court pace, the Mavericks shouldn't be too much of a departure.
If Jason Kidd could get by standing around and hitting three-pointers, you can rest assured that Sessions will be an upgrade.
This may not be the offseason that brings another superstar to Dallas, but that doesn't mean it has to be a total waste.
Giving Sessions the opportunity to prove himself as a full-time starter would ensure that it isn't.