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It’s come to this: Mavericks looking at Sessions, maybe Brand

Jul 6, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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It’s not the end of the world for the Mavericks that this summer hasn’t gone according to plan. Not in the least.

But that is not going to make this coming season any prettier. Jason Terry joins the long list of departed from the Dallas title team. The Mavericks are now chasing guys not on their radar a week ago, such as Ramon Sessions. And maybe soon-to-be-amnestied Sixer Elton Brand. Neither of those are bad pickups, but they are not what Mavericks fans (or management) pictured heading into this season, either.

The Dallas interest in Sessions was reported by ESPN and the two sides are supposed to be talking Friday.

A source close to the situation said the Mavs initially contacted Sessions’ representatives prior to Kidd opting to pass on a three-year, $9 million offer from Dallas and instead agreeing to a similar deal to join the New York Knicks.

After Kidd reached his decision to move on, the Mavs again reached out to Sessions, the 26-year-old point guard that was traded from Cleveland to the Lakers at the trade deadline last season. Sessions, the source said, is seeking a starting job and security.

While Lakers fans killed him for a playoffs where he looked a little overwhelmed (it was his first playoffs ever), Sessions played well for the Lakers in the regular season. He’s an aggressive guard in the pick-and-roll who can get into the paint, disrupt defenses and find the open man. With Dallas needing to generate offense other than Dirk Nowitzki, Sessions is a good fit.

Brand could be a solid big added to the roster, at the right price. ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted this:

Mavericks, sources say, are one under-the-cap team to already express interest in claiming Elton Brand through amnesty waiver process

Once Brand is amnestied by the Sixers (which can’t happen before July 11) he goes on waivers where teams below the salary cap can bid on a portion of his $18 million salary. For example, if the Mavs bid $4 million and that was the highest bid they would get his services and pay the $4 million salary (the rest of the $18 million comes from the Sixers, Brand still gets his full contract).

Brand is not the All-Star he was with the Clippers, but he is a solid big who for a year could give the Mavs quality minutes. Then he comes off the books next summer and Dallas can make a run at other stars.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I’m not sure why people are killing Sessions so much. In all honesty, he’ll produce better than Kidd would have. Sure he had trouble in his first playoff appearance, but that’s pretty understandable considering he was thrown into arguably the highest profile team in the NBA. I think the Mavs would be well served picking him up. He’s not going to light anybody up necessarily, but he’ll be consistent.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Well I agree with you on Kidd, but the reality is that Cuban and the Mavs are going to be blog fodder this offseason (right or wrong) because Ramon Sessions + Elton Brand ≠ Dwight Howard + Deron Williams.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        Absolutely, I understand that Brand/Sessions doesn’t carry the same weight as DWill and Howard. It’s not a huge splash the Dallas fans were hoping for, but people keep squawking about Sessions being awful and this and that. Truth is he’s an average starter, and maybe not much else. People have become so hung up on “stars” that they discount good players. And lets be honest, most championships are won with one or two stars and role players who know their role and play within it. Sessions can be that. Not saying he will be an all star, but he’s good.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

        Yeah I agree on Sessions. He’s an average point guard in a league with a lot of good point guards so the average is pretty high.

  2. joshm5683 - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    As a Lakers fan I hold no ill will towards Sessions. He was not used properly in LA. Mike Brown didn’t appear to use him to his strengths and he had a miserable shooting playoffs. I would have been happy to have him back, obviously I think we upgraded, but Sessions is a quality player and seems like a nice guy. I hope he lands somewhere he is appreciated and gets the financial security he is looking for.

  3. Roderic Rinehart - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I would blow up the Mavs, personally. Amnesty Haywood, find someone to take Marion (there would be takers, he has only two years left now and is a quality 3 defender), and do not sign anyone to more than a one year deal.

    Boubois (he needs major minutes this year – make or break for him)
    some scrub
    Mahinmi (or another scrub)

    Plus their 3 solid, but not spectacular draft picks this year. Although, I definitely would have kept Zeller.

    There is a lineup of a lottery team with big time cap room next summer. They need to get multiple draft picks in the next few years (although 2013 draft looks weakest in a long time)

  4. bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    As a laker fan I can tell you that Sessions is a nice pg but he better suited to come off of the bench. He struggles when he is expected to carry a team which is why he fell apart in the playoffs. I was hoping La could talk him into coming off of the bench behind Nash. I believe in the right situation he is 6th man of the year material.

  5. lakerluver - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Man, Dirk deserves better than this!!

  6. davidly - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Why would Cuban want a solid big? He’s gone this far, may as well go for the lottery.

  7. saint1997 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I reckon Mavs, Atlanta are 2 teams who have fallen out of the playoffs for next season

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