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Sessions says he was worried the Lakers would trade him if he re-signed

Oct 13, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Lakers didn’t want Ramon Sessions back as a free agent, at least not for what he was asking. That’s a rough thing to deal with, but they wanted to land a difference maker, they were gearing up for one more run with Kobe and Pau, and Sessions had a rough playoffs. They got Steve Nash. Not bad. But Sessions says he was reluctant to re-sign with the Lakers anyway, because of the instability of the situation and the possibility he might get traded.

“It was one of those situations I looked at like, ‘If I do come back what if they trade me?’ ” Sessions said. “There were talks about getting Deron. They always wanted the bigger-named guy. What if I get traded to a team and it’s my contract year? It was one of those things that I can’t say if I opted in, [Nash] wouldn’t have come. They still might have tried to get him. You just never know.”

via Escape from L.A.: Ramon Sessions gets fresh start with Bobcats – Yahoo! Sports.

Oh, hey there, random reference to the Lakers talking about getting Deron Williams. There were sporadic rumors in the spring, but then again, any player that is any way available, and most that aren’t, are always discussed in the context of joining the Lakers. But it’s nice to know the Lakers were aiming that high. And, honestly, it’s nice to know that they didn’t land one superstar they angled for this summer.

Sessions wants stability and he may have it in Charlotte. But they’re a rebuilding franchise. What if the pick they get next year, which will inevitably be top-five, is a point guard? There’s no getting away from it. Even now, he’s battling with Kemba Walker for the starting gig and Walker didn’t exactly set the world on fire last year. For whatever reason, there never seems to be a team willing to just commit to Sessions. He’s the NBA version of “Single Ladies.”

  1. teedraper - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Sessions is a joke. He doesn’t want to win nor could he handle the spotlight…stay in Charlotte you loser.

  2. crtzinc - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Sessions was not ready for playoff basketball, he stated last year he was not prepared for the intensity of it. With that said I believe he is best suited as a backup point who can run with a 2nd unit and get those quick easy buckets to the basket. He simply wasn’t a good fit as the Lakers starting PG.

  3. money2long - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    sessions was worried the lakers would end up just trading him, so he chose…the bobcats? getting traded anywhere other than charlotte woulda been better than that situation.

  4. jerdogthompson - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Good for Raaaamon.

    I’m happy he left cause now they got Blake. Best of luck homers.

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    What a cop out reason! Just say it was the money RAAmon! Stop B.S.’ing!

    Any team your liable to get traded unless your a franchise player, gtfoh! And if you’re worried about getting traded, 1) The Lakers are just about the most reserved of all teams when it comes to trades, they hardly trade players, and at times that can can be frustrating to me. 2) If you’re worried about being traded, wouldn’t CHA be one of those teams you would be fearing to get shipped to? I mean, get real! If you’re willing to go to CHA, you’re willing to go ANYWHERE.

    Just man up and say it was about the money.

  6. e39er - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    He clearly wasn’t ready for the big stage, should have resigned and developed with the Lakers, guess winning isn’t on his mind hence why he signed with Cats

  7. addict2sport - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    So what he’s saying is, “I was worried they’d trade me to a sorry team so I beat them to the punch, opted out and signed with a sorry team as a FA.”

  8. lakerluver - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Sessions is just not very good as a starter. However, he would’ve been a perfect backup for Nash. If you’re going to be a bench player, come off the bench for a contender. The only thing Charlotte will contend for is the number overall pick.

  9. mytthor - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Maybe the point is that he knows it’s possible to be traded no matter where you are, so he went to the worst team, so now if he gets traded no matter where it’ll be a pleasant surprise.

  10. paulhargis53 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    lakerswallower, stfu! There was no reason for you to even post. What you said , was said prior by someone else. Go away sausage wallet, nobody likes you or wants to read what you have to say.

  11. addict2sport - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    “sausage wallet” I have no idea what that means but that is hilarious

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