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Report: Lakers talking to Cavaliers about Ramon Sessions

Jan 30, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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A bunch of Lakers fans just read that headline and either rolled their eyes or said, “who?” But this would be a good pickup for them.

The Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Ramon Sessions, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as a candidate who could help their depleted backcourt…

The Lakers have an $8.9 million trade exception, acquired from the Dallas Mavericks for Lamar Odom, to absorb salary. Sessions makes $4.3 million this season and has a player option for $4.6 million for the 2012-13 season. Cleveland is interested in stockpiling draft picks in potential deals, sources said. Several teams have inquired about Sessions lately, front-office sources said.

Sessions is a much better fit for Mike Brown and the Lakers than what they are going with right now in 37-year-old Derek Fisher, Steve Blake (when he’s healthy) and rookies Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris.

Sessions is quick, can penetrate the lane and likes to pass — he has assisted on about 38 percent of the Cavaliers baskets when he is on the floor this season. He gets most of his offense driving off the pick-and-roll (43 percent of his offensive attempts this season). He gives you better than a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio. He is shooting 36 percent from three this season, but has struggled inside the arc and is shooting just 34 percent overall. That’s down from his usual numbers and is something that can rebound. Plus, the Lakers don’t need him to score 20 points a game, they need a guy who can organize the offense, make better post entry passes, break down defenses sometimes off the high pick and roll, run the break and defend a little. Sessions can do that better than the guys they have.

The Wojnarowski report also said the Lakers have looked at Gilbert Arenas and Mo Pete. Sessions is light years ahead of those guys.

Sessions is a solid NBA point guard (his PER this year of 15.4 is basically right at the league average). Which is better than what the Lakers have been getting.

That said, it comes down to what the Cavaliers are asking. It’s not like Sessions is worth a couple first round picks.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    what happien with agent zeo?

  2. tampajoey - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Ramon Sessions would be a great pickup for the Lakers. A deal that makes any team better and can possibly keep Lebron and the Heat from winning a championship is cool with me.

    • juanandonly24 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Even in an article without LeBron’s name it at all… LeBron gets brought up

      • tampajoey - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Don’t you read PBT and watch ESPN? It’s all about Lebron, all the time.

    • heat256 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      If you’re banking on Ramon Sessions to be the X factor that stops the Heat from winning you need to eat more of the “magic brownies” you pick up on the street corner sir. The Lakers are going to hang around, but it will be at the cost of wearing Kobe down to nothing come playoff time. They need to worry about not losing to the Mavs, Thunder, Grizzlies, Trail Blazers and Spurs first.

  3. acdc363 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Sessions and Kobe would make quite the exciting back court.

  4. sellahh - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Id love that to come true. I think it wont tho.

  5. hoytdadd64 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I would love for them to make this deal hppen, I’ve been coming up with possible deals for him through the espn trade machine for a couple weeks now. He’s a quality pg that shouldn’t cost the whole franchise to get. Cleveland has what 3 pg’s right now?

  6. zblott - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Sessions is the most overlooked player in the NBA (already has a 24-assist game, a 44-point game, and a triple-double in his brief career), and he would give the Lakers a younger player capable of running an offense without forcing the action, something their backcourt desperately lacks right now.

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2010/7/28/hey-nba-develop-this-young-pg.html

  7. SmackSaw - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Dan Gilbert doesn’t want the Lakers to get better. He’s proven it.

    • ljl2 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      By sending an email AFTER the league killed a trade issuing the concerns that he and half the other owners had? Right, big markets need a scapegoat…

  8. eureca323 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    A bunch of Laker fans rolled their eyes or said who at Ramon Sessions? Laker fans have wanted him for a while. The down side for him is that he cant shoot and the Lakers are already the worst 3 point shooting team in the NBA. However his PG ability and just plain out being able to break down the defense is something the Lakers need. I would love to have him in purple and gold.

  9. dalauder - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Why are we even talking about Sessions? Calderon is available and he can actually play with elite point guards. No, he’s not a 9.5/10 like CP3 or Rose. But he’s an 8.5/10. And Sessions is more like a 7. (Whereas Fish is a 5 and Blake is a 5.5. Although Fish is a 7 in playoffs and 9.5 in clutch).

    • mytthor - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Who would the Raptors take for Calderon?

    • smoothaswilkes - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Calderon’s contract doesn’t fit under LO’s trade exception. Plus his contract is too costly for the Lakers to absorb moving forward as he’s paid 10-11 mil per. Outside of that trade exemption, what could be offered for Calderon trade wise? Nothing that I see that makes any sense. (Oh yeah, Calderon is on the wrong side of 30, did I mention that? Lakers have too many players like that already.)

      Sessions makes much more sense. First, and most important, he’s young and fast, which is really what the Lakers need. Second, much cheaper. How the Lakers get him is another question but he is what the Doctor should be ordering.

      • dalauder - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        I guess I’m not that impressed by “young and fast”. When’s the last time a team won a championship behind a PG described like that? 2008 for the Celtics–and before that–Kenny Smith in ’95?

        I’ll take a guy closer to Jason Kidd any day. How does Sessions guard elite scoring guards though? Kidd’s great at that. Maybe I haven’t watched him enough and I should be giving him more credit than just being a guy on Delonte West’s level.

      • mytthor - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Sessions is definitely better then West, different kind of player. Think a faster Andre Miller without the post game.

        As for the “young and fast” PG winning a title, how about Tony Parker?

  10. mytthor - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I’d love the pickup. Although I don’t know about “play a little defense;” several sources have him rated as the worst defensive PG in the game. But he can cover 2’s a bit, and Kobe can cover points when they do go up against a top pg, and bynum in the back helps too, maybe Sessions can be adequate under those circumstances. I’d like to see the pickup Morris/Odom Exception/1rd pick for Sessions. Or maybe Ebanks.

    • purplerain53 - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      There is NO WAY, the Lakers should trade their pics #22 and # 23 or anyone of our three rookies – D.Morris, A.Goudelock and D.Ebanks, unless it is for Deron Williams.The team is aged and desperately needs young blood.
      As for Sessions, Lamar Odom’s trade exception will be perfectly enough to get the guy.If Cavs GM is asking for draft pics, just show him the single finger sign and lough it out loud.LOL.

      • mytthor - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:25 AM

        You have a vastly overrated idea of all 3 rookies and an underrated idea of sessions. Also, he is young blood. There is absolutely zero chance the Nets would give up Williams for all 3 rookies, the trade exception, and a draft pick.

    • purplerain53 - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      mytthor,

      Do you have any idea how the trades works?
      Sessions has two more seasons under contract and the combined salary of both is exactly as the Lamar Odom’s trade exception – $ 8.9 millions.Why are you adding D.Morris and 1-st round pick to it? Don’t get me wrong. The guy is young and quick but his stats are awful.Just look at them.

      For 2011-12 season, per 21.8 minutes a game he makes 9.1 ppg – 4.3 apg – 0.6 stlpg.
      Hes field goal percentage is .340 and 3P% is .333.
      When I said, we need young blood,it doesn’t means to get just anyone! The whole burden of the scoring this season is on the Kobe’s shoulders. How long, do you think he can cary this team?
      At this point, we need a good PG, who can penetrate the line and make easy baskets or assists.
      A player, who at least can score 16-18 points and about 8 assists.And that definitely is not Ramon Sessions.But, if I have to choose between him and that overrated prick Arenas, I will vote for him with no doubt in my mind.
      As for Deron Williams, I have never mentioned that these 3 rookies will bring him to LA.To get him here, we can offer a package of Pau Gasol, Metta W P,St.Blake and a 1-st rounder.

      • mytthor - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Ah yes, the ever-informative “per 21.8 minutes” statistical breakdown. With that huge sample size of 20 games as a backup playing with the second unit of one of the weakest rosters in the league. If we go ahead and do averages per 40 minutes, which people actually use as a statistical reference, he’s scoring 16 and 8 assists average. Last year it was 20 and 8. His PER is 15 this year which is below his career average but is still the PER of an average player. Average is SO MUCH BETTER than the Lakers PG this year.

        I understand that the Odom trade exception would be enough to get Sessions according to the rules, but in the real world, you actually have to give a team assets in order to get back assets. Sessions isn’t a perfect player, but if you’re holding out for someone who averages 18 and 8, you’ve got to get one of the 5 or so best PG in the league. I’d like to get Williams for the package you have there, but you realize what you’re offering is actually WORSE than just Gasol and the 1st rounder? No one wants MWP or Blake at the salaries they’re making.

  11. tudefit - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I would worry that the Cavs (Yes I am a Cavs fan) might take a step backwards if they do this. Especially if it’s for a draft pick. Really nobody to back up Irving if Sessions leaves and I like the way the Cavs are playing this year. Now if they could get a big – I’m all for it.

    • ljl2 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      I’m a Cavs fan and I hope this trade goes through in hopes that it hurts the second unit. For three reasons: 1) More minutes for Kyrie. 2) More minutes for Gibson at the 1. 3) If the hole is that big, it creates a bigger opportunity to get out of the playoff picture.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:34 AM

        What? Did I read your #3 reason right? You DON’T want to be in the playoff picture? If I read that right what kind of loser a$$ statement is that? Just to get a higher lottery pick? And for what, a chance to pick up a rook good enough to put in guys back into the…playoffs?! Man I hope I read that wrong.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:47 AM

        Also, if the Cavs made it back to the playoffs in just 2 years post LeBron James era, how unbelievable of a storyline would that be!? Think of how it would revitilize your city and franchise! And think of how badass a Heat(James)/Cavalier 1st rounder would be if the Heat take 1st and Cavs make it in 8th seed. It would be epic! A chance to knock off James in a firstie…priceless! (I would love to see that ,and I HATE the Cavs. Passionatly.)

        How can anyone that’s a Cavs fan want anything less then playoffs?

  12. Justin - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    This is funny because when I read about Gilbert Arenas being an interest for the Lakers the first person I thought of was Ramon Sessions. Guess I am not the only one. I am not a Lakers fan but would think that they would prefer Ramon over Arenas. I may be wrong tho.

  13. muratkolasinac - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    sessions is better than steve black about organizing the game?hahahaha PBT.YOU HAVE SO FUNNY COMMENTS!

  14. dalauder - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Okay, if Sessions is a “faster Andre Miller”–I hope the Lakers pick him up. I’d be happy with that. Although, I must admit I’m concerned about his defensive ability.

    • mytthor - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      He can’t be worse than Fisher defensively – and I understand he can actually cover 2’s better than 1’s, so he could switch with kobe against Paul/Westbrook etc in critical situations. Say what you want about Brown’s offense, but the guy can coach defense, and if there’s only one bad player on a defense, it can still be elite.

  15. dailybabesports - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Sessions would be much better than Arenas … Arenas sucks. The Lakers need somebody who can move the basketball…too much just “get it to one guy and stall”

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  16. rickrilla - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    The Lakers haven’t had a great PG since Nick Van Axel, would be curious to see how that would help the Lakers, They just need a serviceable PG and save your chips for Dwight. Lakers are know for putting dynasty’s together with best Centers in league. Just stick to that formula and another dynasty is in the making!

    Dwight/Kobe for next 5 years, then pass torch to Lebron.

    Dwight and Lebron in LA in 5 years or sooner. Just watch

  17. kaliman1 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    hmmmm…I don’t see how he can improve something that he dose not have!! hmmmm that is weird.

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