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Lakers get point guard, trade for Cavaliers’ Ramon Sessions

Mar 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

Jonny Flynn, Luis Scola, Ramon Sessions AP

The Lakers — desperate for a point guard — have traded their first round pick this season to get Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Multiple sources now confirm this trade, although Brian Windhorst of ESPN was the first. The full deal is Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers, for Luke Walton and the Lakers first round pick this season.

Sessions is a better point guard than anyone the Lakers have on their roster — particularly for running the more traditional sets of new coach Mike Brown (as opposed to the triangle offense of previous years). Sessions is a quick, slashing guard who looks to set people up and is not a pure shooter. He is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists per game, with a PER of 16.4. Sessions is also shooting 41.9 percent from three — way above his career average but it fills a desperate need if he can keep it up. The Lakers need outside shooting.

Sessions is not the home run the Lakers wanted (and he can opt out after this season) but he makes them a much bigger threat in the West. Still wouldn’t put them ahead of the Thunder, but they are on the next tier down.

Sessions was expendable from Cleveland as they turn their offense over to Kyrie Irving.

The Cavaliers held out for a first round pick and they get the Lakers’ this draft. The Lakers still have a first rounder, Dallas’ pick, something they got in the Lamar Odom trade before the season.

Eyenga has bounced between the D-League and NBA.

Luke Walton has one more year on his contract after this, but the Lakers needed to clear out the cap space and the Cavaliers can get that space after next season. And he can still play a little, when healthy.

  1. jmig320 - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Congrats to Sessions….going from not having any chance to make the playoffs, to jumping aboard a team that has a shot to make some noise.

  2. jesse1834 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Excellent move for both teams!!!

  3. cavmet128 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Good trade for both teams. And also, the Cavs actually have a chance to make the playoffs this year (only 2gms out)… The Lakers now have a good PG in Sessions and will improve so much with this trade.

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