But seriously, Ramon Sessions shouldn't have opted out of the final year of his contract to hit free agency. Not even hindsight can soften the blow that accompanies signing with the Charlotte Bobcats.
But that's what happens when a player overvalues his worth.
Had Sessions stayed with the Lakers for one more year, he stood to make $4.55 million. Not exactly big money in the NBA, sure, and Sessions probably figured he could find himself a bigger payday on the market.
He was right, to an extent. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, he'll be getting the slightest of raises in Charlotte next season:
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
So in essence, Sessions went from starting for the Lakers to gaining the slightest of raises in Charlotte, where he'll split time at the point with Kemba Walker on a team that went 7-59 last season. Yikes.
Sessions would have been better off testing free agency next season, when players like Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Goran Dragic and Jeremy Lin weren't more intriguing options for teams. Pair that with trades for Kyle Lowry and and Raymond Felton, and you have yourself a saturated market.
Again, hindsight is 20-20.
Sessions wanted to start, and staying in Los Angeles probably wouldn't have assured that, as the team probably would have pursued Nash even if Sessions remained in town. But at least he would have been splitting time with a Hall of Famer and gunning for an NBA title.
Now, he'll be splitting time with a young player on a team that will be gunning for a lottery pick next summer.
Clearly, Sessions had the impression he would have a higher market value than the $4.55 million he stood to make with the Lakers this season. He was obviously convinced he could find a larger contract and a place to start.
He probably did that with Charlotte, but the contract isn't much bigger and the situation is a whole lot worse. At the end of the day, Sessions was the victim of over-inflating his own value.
And now, he's probably lamenting that hindsight is 20-20, too.
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