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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. latchbeam - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Nice trade Cavs!!

  2. 00maltliquor - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    THAT’S WHAT THE F**K I’M TALKING ‘BOUT JIMMY!!! YESSSSSS!!!!

  3. lmoneyfresh - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Sessions is better than most people think. He’s gonna prove that in LA.

  4. 1bucfan813 - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Great pick up, and didn’t affect their current roster. This team can be dangerous with this new addition.

  5. loungefly74 - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    oh yeah! great move!

  6. aboogy123456 - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Lakers are in the same Tier as Thunder already, once they get Beasley i’m taking them to win it all this year!

  7. dirtydavis - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Hell yeah!!! Finally Luke is gone

  8. socaldrew - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I’m so proud of this trade right now. Not only did the Lakers’ finally bite the bullet and go get Sessions, they managed to drop Luke Walton’s expensive contract on someone else. Luke has as high a basketball IQ as anyone but hasn’t had the body to play in years. Hopefully he puts a suit on someday. Now the Lakers can do the Blake/Crawford/Beasley trade and get back to contending.

  9. 00maltliquor - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I don’t know what I’m more happy about, getting the best PG since the days of Nick Van Exel or getting rid of Luke Walton and his mind-baffling contract!!! I’m bummed to have to give up our own 1st rd’er, but whatever. Now hopefully Beasley’s next with that useless Dallas 1st and Steve Flake and his almost equally baffling contract and we’re talking banner #17!!

  10. drewzducks - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    No downside at all to this for LA. Think this sent Bill Walton rummaging thru his closet looking for his trusted bong.

  11. drunkenjunk - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    nice trade lakeshow, makes the west more interesting.

  12. drewzducks - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Kapono sent packing too ?

  13. fhuizar - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    This is huge for the Lakers. No one can compete with our bigs out west and now we improved our PG position. Anything short of a western conference final appearence will be sad. Why? because no on in the west has our bigs. I look through the West and I see OKC and the Lakers as top dogs.

  14. jedifriedchicken - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    The Lakers don’t rebuild, they reload!!

  15. Josh - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    They just keep adding PGs. But the media won’t say anything, because they love the Lakers.

    But Kahn on the other hand…

  16. pop562 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Steve Blake has been a good facilitator after the all star break but he’s not aggressive enough to slash and drive, but he will hit those threes. But Ramon is what we needed, a scoring pg that can pop to the bigs and play that high to low game. Now we need beasly and our bench scoring will go up.

  17. writersrstupid - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    #### this is a waste of trade who in the f is sessions a 1rd pick for him lol. We couldf have felton way better n wouldnt give a lot. Pacers get babosa fir 2 3rd picks why in tge f dont we do that but rather have sesions whooo! happy waltons gone tho. But as.a big lakers.fan this was.a wastet oof trade walton had ti go but why session why not proven pg. like I said im a big lakers fan I really hope they lose every gm n plys bunch of sg n pg in this team. Cant wait to wear my lakers jersey n boo these fks fing session why not gil.. God pro management does stupid trades.

    • gor76 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      2 3rd round picks? You may be thinking of Brandon Marshall

    • jeremyhurst02 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Sessions is the best PG not starting in the league, and the only reason he isn’t starting is becuase Kyrie is a boss.

      You do realize that Barbosa isn’t a PG, which the Lakers needed, right?

      You are the reason I hate most fans. You know nothing.

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      um, ok. Might want to stop typing, step away from the keyboard and get your meds from the cabinet. Just a thought. But then it takes all kinds. I guess.

      I also wish to commend your screen name as it is consistent with your sunny disposition.

    • limonadamas - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      if you think Felton’s better than Sessions, you haven’t watched him play this season.

    • lmoneyfresh - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      You obviously know nothing about basketball. Felton is a turd.

    • rooney24 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Ha Ha! You should be careful who you are calling stupid (in your screen name). I won’t even get into your total lack of writing/typing skills, as they speak for themselves. But, the NBA hasn’t had a 3rd round of the draft since it was cut down to 2 rounds in 1989.

  18. slowclyde86 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Trade made too much sense for both teams not to happen.

    • dal24la - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      I feel like the Lakers could have forced the Cavs to accept either a 2013 1st rnd pick or a 2nd rounder.

  19. thevza - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Ha Ha, Luke Walton… No one has capitalized this much on their father’s name since G.W. Bush.

  20. writersrstupid - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Why not trade for jazz’s pointguard but we get a bumb sessions lol I hope he gets injured..

    • jeremyhurst02 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      What? Are you retarded? Sessions is better than most starting PG’s in this league, you got a great deal. You’ll see soon enough though.

      Also – any fan who wishes injuries on a player should probably hang themselves.

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Yeah, good call. Should have totally traded Walton for JWill or Rose. Chck that. Why not both?

  21. jeremyhurst02 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    This is a good trade for both teams.
    The Cavs get an expendable pricey contract (They have the cap room so who cares) and Jason Kapono (another throw-in).

    This deal was all about Sessions and the pick. The Cavs needed the pick badly and the Lakers needed Sessions. I hope the best for Sessions and the Lakers, he will be missed.
    Hopefully they bow out early in the playoffs though so that pick is just a little higher ;)

  22. rick92886 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I read where Derrick Fisher was traded away, is that confirmed?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Sadly, yes. I’m pissed to high heavens about that one. We gave up our last 1st rounder and Fish INSTEAD OF garbage ass Steve Blake and worse, got Jordan Hill and not Mike Beasley. Killed my good mood completly. Kobe’s gonna be pissed!

  23. rick92886 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    2:59 pm: The Lakers traded Derek Fisher. Didn’t expect that. To the Rockets for Jordan Hill. The Lakers also sent off their other first round pick in the deal. Not a big thing on the court, but that is going to tick off Kobe Bryant.

  24. lakerluver - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Excellent deal because it keeps our Big 3 together. I hate to see D. Fish go. One of my all time fave LAKERS.

  25. losangelasbasketball - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    March 14th 2012 Lakers = 2nd round team
    March 15th 2012 Lakers = Conference team (at least)

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