Best Landing Spots for 2014 Unrestricted Free Agent Ramon Sessions
One of the most underrated point guards on the free-agent market in 2014 remains, well, on the market.
At 28, Ramon Sessions is approaching his athletic prime and has posted a player efficiency rating below the league average just once in his seven seasons. For his career, he averages 16.4 points and 6.5 assists per 36 minutes.
Any team in need of a veteran point guard who can effectively pilot a second unit would be lucky to land Sessions.
The Utah Jazz had arguably the worst point guard situation in the league last season.
According to HoopsStats.com, which organizes production by position, the team ranked 26th in point guard scoring, 27th in rebounding, 28th in assists, 29th in steals, 30th in field-goal percentage and 25th in three-point percentage.
Trey Burke, Diante Garrett, and especially John Lucas III were all terribly inefficient. There had been rumblings the Jazz were after a veteran guard to replace Lucas, but Jazz play-by-play man David Locke thinks that may be out.
Not sure Jazz end up with veteran point guard. Might go with another young. Not sure veteran PG exists in this market that is beneficial— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) July 16, 2014
If he's willing to accept the role of a mentor who may do more behind the scenes than on the court, adding Sessions would certainly be beneficial.
Just look how his 2013-14 stacks up to how Utah's point guards performed.
Garrett has essentially been replaced on that list by Dante Exum. Both he and Burke would really benefit by having a steady veteran like Sessions on the roster.
Back when free agency kicked off on July 1, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy reported the Chicago Bulls had interest in adding Sessions as a backup point guard.
ICYMI: The Chicago Bulls have expressed interest in Ramon Sessions, as they search for a backup point guard: http://t.co/rj9ECBXb06— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2014
Hearing Bulls, in addition to their interest in Aaron Brooks, have also explored reacquiring Tom Thibodeau fave John Lucas III for backcourt— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 19, 2014
Wanting as much insurance behind the injury-prone Derrick Rose makes sense. Wanting Lucas as that insurance is almost ridiculous.
Refer back to the Jazz slide to see how much more effective Sessions is than Lucas. In fact, he had a better 2013-14 than any current Bulls point guards.
He could very well work his way up to No. 2 point guard and could even start if Rose goes down again.
Mario Chalmers has taken a lot of flack from teammates and media since "The Big Three" era began for the Miami Heat in 2010.
He capped off his own four-year run by playing so poorly in the 2014 Finals that he was pulled from the lineup for the fifth and deciding game.
For the series, Chalmers averaged 4.4 points while shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three-point range.
So I'm sure it was very comforting for Miami fans to know Chalmers was re-signed following the loss of LeBron James.
Proud to say I'm back wit the heat. Heat nation we still here— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) July 13, 2014
That's probably unfair to Chalmers. Any consolation after losing James would feel bittersweet at best. But the point guard situation is still probably the worst of any on the team.
Sessions would add depth behind Chalmers and would bring much more experience than rookie Shabazz Napier, who averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 turnovers and 2.8 assists while shooting 27.7 percent from the field during the summer league.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers waived Kendall Marshall in an effort to create cap space but intended to re-sign him if he cleared waivers.
It was a gamble that didn't pay off, as the Milwaukee Bucks put in a successful claim on the young pass-first guard.
ESPN sources say Bucks will be clamining Kendall Marshall off waivers as soon as possible, foiling Lakers' plans of re-signing @KButter5— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 19, 2014
That leaves the Lakers in need of a point guard with only Jeremy Lin and the brittle Steve Nash left on the roster. Bringing Sessions back to LA could solve that problem.
He played 23 games, with 19 starts, as a Laker after being traded to the team in 2012.
His brief stint in LA was one of the best stretches of his career, as he averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from three-point range.
San Antonio Spurs
As you can see above, Patty Mills' arm is in a sling, and he will be for the next several months.
According to Chris Dutton of The Sydney Morning Herald:
Fairfax Media can reveal Mills will have an operation to repair the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder - his shooting shoulder - after he carried the injury for most of the San Antonio Spurs' NBA title-winning season.
He could miss up to four months of the 2014-15 NBA season.
The San Antonio Spurs still have Cory Joseph to fill in for Mills while he rehabs his shoulder, but general manager R.C. Buford may want to think about adding a veteran to play backup point guard.
Sessions is a team-first player who would fit right in with the Spurs' explosive second unit.
The Lakers aren't the only possible reunion story for Sessions this summer. Back in March, The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell shared this little nugget.
Ramon Sessions just told me he'd love to be a Bobcat again if they'd be interested in signing him this summer.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) March 16, 2014
Sessions was traded from Charlotte in February for Gary Neal and his outside shooting. It must have been a difficult decision for the front office, as Sessions was in the midst of a solid season backing up Kemba Walker.
The Hornets have already signed Jannero Pargo this offseason, and Neal is something of a combo guard. But more depth with Sessions couldn't hurt.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him at @AndrewDBailey.