Ramon Sessions: Bobcats PG Proves Danger of Overvaluing Worth

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the fourt quarter as the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 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 Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Hindsight is 20-20, so it's hard to look back and say that Ramon Sessions shouldn't have opted out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers to hit free agency.

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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