Donnie Walsh and the New York Knicks have kept a watchful eye on Cleveland Cavaliers reserve point guard Ramon Sessions for quite some time. The Knicks initially showed interest in Sessions during free agency in the summer of 2009, but he opted to leave the Milwaukee Bucks to play in Minnesota.
Considering the inadequacy of talent on the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sessions figured he’d get ample playing time to fully flaunt his ability. The decision backfired, as Sessions saw career lows in minutes and thus, major statistical categories across the board.
Following a single season with the Timberwolves, Sessions trudged on to the disheartened Cleveland Cavaliers, who had just lost LeBron James. There, Sessions served as Mo Williams’ backup, but he started a number of games when Williams was hurt.
Williams was eventually involved in a trade which sent Clippers point guard Baron Davis to Cleveland to replace him. The injury prone Davis was not 100 percent when he joined the Cavs, and Sessions again thrived in the starting point guard’s absence.
With an aging and unpredictable Chauncey Billups guaranteed to run the point in New York for another season, one of the Knicks’ most pressing offseason moves must address the lack of point guard depth. Toney Douglas, who is much better suited to be a shooting guard, demonstrated in the first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics that he is not ready for the responsibility of orchestrating the offense. That leaves Billups as the only trustworthy true point guard on the team.
The Knicks briefly showed interest in Sessions prior to this year’s trade deadline, but a deal never materialized, and he finished the season in Cleveland. Sessions is under contract with the Cavs through 2013, so look for New York to put together a trade package for him in the coming months.
Sessions can offer the Knicks substance at a depleted position, and with Billups never fully healthy since arriving from Denver, he also gives them an obligatory insurance policy. Sessions should jump at the chance to be able to contribute to a playoff-caliber team and will be an excellent fit for New York if a transaction to acquire him becomes reality.