Bobcats are finalizing a deal to sign Lakers free agent guard Ramon Sessions, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 12, 2012
Update: Thursday, June 12 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports Sessions and the Bobcats have officially reached an agreement on a contract. He states the deal will be completed once the point guard, who is traveling, signs it.
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Sessions was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers in March to fix the team's void at the point. He averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists per game for the Lakers, but he opted out of his contract after the season, and the team decided to go another direction by making a deal for Steve Nash.
Now, it appears the Bobcats have locked him up. The team's starter at the position, D.J. Augustin, has been linked as a trade target for the Indiana Pacers, and this deal would give Charlotte more flexibility to make that move.
Sessions has played with four different teams during his five-year career, and the Bobcats would make it five in six years. Despite playing for all of those various squads, he has never been able to secure the long-term starting gig he covets.
Joining Charlotte, which won just seven games last season and is just beginning to rebuild its roster, would give him a good chance to finally earn that spot. That's especially true if Augustin does end up getting traded elsewhere.
Getting a chance to step out of the shadows and play a key role should provide a great chance for Sessions to excel.
It seems like a good fit for everybody involved.