Free agency is a time in which relocation is a sad reality. From the players who must move their families to those who simply find themselves in need of a change of scenery, the move can be emotional.
Unfortunately, the move can also be of negative consequences.
It's always disheartening when a player chooses the wrong place for his future home. While we often respect a player's judgement, it's hard to agree with everything they do. This time around, the culprit for that claim is none other than Ramon Sessions.
After starting for a championship contender in 2012, it appears as if Sessions will be the backup point guard for the worst team in the league in 2013. Per a report via ESPN.com, Ramon Sessions has signed a two-year contract with Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! sports has the terms:
Guard Ramon Sessions will get $5 million a season in two-year deal with Bobcats, source tells Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 13, 2012
While one might expect Sessions to take over the role of starting point guard, the Bobcats have a great young core that they must put forward. Leading the pack is second-year point guard Kemba Walker, who has already sat a year behind D.J. Augustin.
While one could argue that Walker must sit another season, the future must be developed right now.
This beckons the question that everyone has asked upon hearing Sessions' decision to sign in North Carolina: What is the Myrtle Beach native expecting out of this experiment? At 26, Sessions doesn't have a surplus of time to earn his first and last max contract.
Apparently, he's riding on the hopes that the Bobcats turn things around sooner rather than later.
Another option would be for Sessions to become a valuable trade piece at the deadline. Much like in 2012, point guards will remain in high demand. Although his play was disappointing in his half-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, don't think that the postseason experience has gone unnoticed.
Regardless of what the outcome may be, one thing is for certain: Ramon Sessions has been the biggest loser of free agency.
At first, we expected the Los Angeles Lakers to re-sign the Nevada graduate. Upon trading for Steve Nash, the Lakers made it clear that Sessions was bound to join the overstocked pack of point guards in this strong class of free agency.
As a result, Sessions ended up in the one place he shouldn't be: Charlotte.
The Bobcats will improve. Their young core will progress as a unit. Ramon Sessions, meanwhile, appears to be an outcast for the second consecutive season.