Milwaukee Bucks Offer Only Sessions Contract: Where Will Charlie V Go?
Twenty-three-year-old Sessions enjoyed a breakout '08-'09 season starting in 39 of his 79 games played, averaging a career high 12.4 PPG, along with 5.7 APG, 3.4 RPG, and 1.0 SPG.
Sessions clearly proved to the Bucks this past season that he had the talent and determination to emerge as one of the top notch elite point-guards in the league today.
Now, rewind back to about a week ago.
The Bucks just traded away small-forward Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs for veteran Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto. (Oberto was then traded to the Pistons for Amir Johnson.)
With the trade completed, most Bucks fans rhetorically believed that this move was made in order to re-sign power-forward Charlie Villanueva.
Furthermore, after Milwaukee selected overseas point-guard Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, all signs pointed to the two-year point guard Ramon Sessions to get the boot.
But fast forward back to present day and the Milwaukee Bucks have just decided to offer point-guard Ramon Sessions a contract, letting go of power-forward Charlie Villanueva and giving him the green light to sign with any team in the league.
If I was a Bucks fan, this move would certainly make me scratch my head, just as it is right now as I am writing this article.
What was the point of drafting point-guard Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick of the draft, (especially since his stock was deflating dramatically) if the team knew that they were going to re-sign their starting point-guard Ramon Sessions?
Why not draft a player like Earl Clark, Austin Daye, or James Johnson instead and stick them into the starting line-up in replace of recently departed Richard Jefferson?
Regardless of my questioning and beyond my confusion, General Manager John Hammond went on to say that he did not want to elaborate on the reasons for the decision.
So now the ultimate question is brought about, what team will Charlie V go to?
Amongst the league, the only teams with the money to offer Villanueva a nice sized contract are the Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunders, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, and the Toronto Raptors.
Of the seven teams mentioned, the only ones Villanueva would even entertain the thought of signing with would be the Pistons, Thunders, and Blazers.
Although none of the three teams are serious contenders heading into next season, each organization (aside from Detroit) has tons of young potential and upside to turn into a championship caliber team within just a few seasons.
NBA teams have until tomorrow to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents and after that, the signing extravaganza begins.
Where will CV go? Let me know what you think.
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